Nazli Chaudhry is a visual artist, community organizer, and advocate for peace who has been actively engaged for more than 20 years in promoting interfaith relations, tolerance and understanding. She is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (SOSS), and Regional Coordinator for Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.
A research scientist by training and an airline travel expert for many years for a major European airline, Nazli was active in the 1990s with the Multifaith Forum of Long Island, a coalition sponsored by the Long Island Council of Churches, a coordinating body for the ecumenical work of churches in New York’s Nassau and Suffolk Counties. She coordinated youth groups of Jewish, Christian and Muslim teens in a program called “Unity in the Community” that spanned 12 years and helped organize five acclaimed international trips to Israel and Palestine that enabled dozens of Muslim and Jewish college students from the United States to interact with their counterparts to learn about each other and to promote understanding, interfaith dialogue and peace building.
She served as a member of the Interfaith Advisory Board to the President of Stony Brook University, New York, and in 2011 became the first Muslim woman to become a Chaplain at Hofstra University, New York, where she delivered the university’s commencement invocation. She has been a member of the advisory board member of the Greater Washington Jewish Muslim Forum since 2015 and served for a time as a board member of the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society (JIDS) of Washington. She was also President of the DC Chapter of “I Am Your Protector,” a community of people around the world who speak up – and stand up – for each other.
Nazli lives with her family in the Washington, DC area and is particularly inspired by nature and the divine force that connects us all. Discovering that she could teach herself any art technique in almost any medium, she loves being able to deeply connect with her spiritual side and intuition and help others process complex emotions and heal. She has shared this healing process with SOSS members through popular art therapy workshops at SOSS national conferences since 2018.