Tahija Vikalo serves as the Executive Director of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. She has been involved with this organization for more than five years as a member, chapter co-leader and a board member prior to assuming her current position. She was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and came to the United States to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she completed her undergraduate as well as her Masters degree in Anthropology.
In her academic training, she focused on religion and society and her research focused on Sufism in the Balkans, and traced the history and continuing influence of Sufi orders on social order and politics throughout the Balkan region. In her professional career of 20 years she has worked in the non-profit field, in international development and peacebuilding, and in education and immigration for private companies. Her career has allowed her to travel to the Middle East and Europe, to manage programs and work with and for the people from different countries, backgrounds, and all walks of life.
Tahija is focused on inclusion and diversity in the Muslim American communities and is dedicated to social justice and gender equality. She has taught Islamic studies at different Sunday school programs in the Philadelphia area and has been involved with different interfaith groups for many years. She resides in Bala Cynwyd, PA with her daughter