Qasim Rashid is a human rights lawyer, author, and Executive Director of Common Purpose, an organization dedicated to electing more women and underrepresented Americans to public office. Qasim received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond School of Law. He has also served as a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Islamic Studies program.
Professionally, Qasim works as a lawyer and consultant to help major organizations, small businesses, candidates for office, and non-profits improve their corporate strategies, messaging, and innovation. His human rights work includes supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, representing asylum seekers, uplifting the incarcerated through prison chaplaincy, and advocating for universal religious freedom.
A proud immigrant, raised in the Chicagoland area, Qasim and his wife Ayesha reside with their three children in Naperville, IL. Qasim also loves dad jokes and dogs, and plans to get a unique breed that gets sad when you feed it cantaloupe—known as a melon collie.