Fatimah Shaikh

Senior Foundations Program Manager
Photo of Fatimah Shaikh. She has brown skin, dark hair pulled back into a ponytail, and she wears sunglasses. She is smiling at the camera.
Pronouns: She/her

Growing up, Fatimah witnessed the intense and widespread impact that corporate power has on people’s lives.

Her parents’ jobs took her and her family all over the world, moving every few years to places like Thailand and Egypt. The families in her immediate circle enjoyed wealth and privilege from working for transnational corporations and Global North governments. Meanwhile, the local communities faced the impacts of these entities conducting business in their homelands. Seeing the inequity that stemmed from these power dynamics made her want to challenge the core forces driving it.

As she got older, Fatimah learned more about how social movements and collective action have led to transformative change—from the Arab Spring in Egypt to the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic. She also saw what it takes to build power across constituencies while working in early childhood education, where parents, teachers, health providers, and other members of the community worked together to ensure the children received robust services.

These experiences led her to study social movement theory at Tufts University. There, she earned a masters degree in International Relations and focused her studies on Palestine. She felt drawn to the robust, decades-long movement for liberation that the people in Palestine have led, and outraged by the role of corporations in driving settler colonization, violence, and displacement throughout the region. She continues to organize for the Palestinian cause by mobilizing solidarity in the U.S.

At Corporate Accountability, Fatimah engages with foundation partners to resource Corporate Accountability and our allies’ campaigns. She also helps lead our Movement Solidarity Fund, which redistributes resources to organizations on the front lines of corporate abuse. And with a group of staff of the global majority, she reshaped the organization’s personnel policies to be more equitable.

In addition to her masters degree, Fatimah holds a BA from New York University in English and biology.

She loves biking around New York City with a camera in hand.

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