Director of Administration and Finance, The Brick Presbyterian Church
Laila Al-Askari is the Director of Administration and Finance for The Brick Presbyterian Church where she is developing the organization’s systems to meet outreach and interfaith work. Ms. Al-Askari has a keen interest in serving the Muslim community, an activity that she has been involved in since her school days. She feels that it is her duty to speak out for Islam, and clear misconceptions about Islam. In high school she made an audio presentation on Islam, which is still being used by the school. As a young professional she formed the Young Muslim Professionals Club, and after 9/11, Ms. Al-Askari invited Imam Faisal to The Brick Church to present a series of lectures on Islam. The impact of his presentation highlighted the significance of bridge-building in American. It is Ms. Al-Askari’s goal to see Muslims become visible, and for people to see Muslims as valuable members of their society. Ms. Al-Askari was the Administrator for Cardiology at Beth Israel Medical Center, and later at Montefiore Medical Center. She worked in the Otolaryngology and Opththalmology Departments as the Director of Business and Clinical Affairs providing needed services for underserved areas. For this work she was one of the first administrators to become a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a native New Yorker, a graduate of New York University with a BA and MA in Near Eastern Literature and Languages, and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baruch College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.