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L. Rashad Mahmood is a mediator and journalist with extensive international experience. Interested in social justice from a young age, he studied Peace and Conflict studies at UC Berkeley before working on political campaigns for a year. He then received an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and moved to Egypt to learn more about the Middle East. Rashad worked as an Economic Researcher for the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt before returning to the US and working for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). After working on USIP’s Iraq programs from Washington, he worked in Iraq for a year as the Assistant to the Chief of Party. Following an intense year in Iraq assisting with conflict resolution efforts, he returned to Egypt and worked as a journalist with Business Monthly magazine covering issues including education, government reforms, the technology sector, and many more. Rashad then returned to the US and worked as a Restorative Justice Practitioner with at-risk middle and high school students in Lansing, Michigan. After moving to Albuquerque, he found the perfect melding of his interests in journalism and working with youth at Generation Justice. He will be working on the new Fellows program, and assisting with multimedia training and radio production. His blues name is Pretty Dog Lee.