Board of Directors
Isra Qadri is a senior at Wootton High School. This is her second year as co-chair and she is ecstatic to take EmpowHER’s members to new heights through the resources and prominence it has gained in the past school year. Beyond EmpowHER, she actively participates in political and community organizing through March For Our Lives and other organizations. She is excited to use EmpowHER as an opportunity to highlight new female voices in Montgomery County and create a platform to better the community.
Paris Ye is a co-chair of MoCo EmpowHER and is a junior in Richard Montgomery High School. When she first joined MoCo EmpowHER in 2019, she was inspired by the incredible community of girls she found there and is dedicated to recreating that for other girls in Montgomery County. Outside of MoCo EmpowHER, she co-administrates the SMOB election, fights racial Justice as the Vice President of the Asian American Progressive Student Union, and trains youth activists as part of the Youth Activism Project. This year, she plans to ensure all students can equitably participate in EmpowHER and expand the reach of the organization.
Pamuk Altan - Bonnet
Pamuk Altan-Bonnet is a junior at Walt Whitman High School. She started attending MocoEmpowHER meetings as a freshman, and became a Leadership Institute Fellow as a sophomore. She was also a part of MCR as the SEC’s PR Director. She enjoys acting, boxing, and music. She hopes to encourage young women to get involved in advocacy even if they don’t have any experience.
Aves Hasrat is a sophomore at Gaithersburg High School. She has been involved in student advocacy for many years now with organizations like MCR, MCFC, MASC, and the MoCo EmpowHER family. She is very excited to work with the leadership team to involve more inspiring women in EmpowHER’s platform and engage students from especially underrepresented areas, identities, and demographics in the EmpowHER community this year!
Nour Faragallah is a junior at Walter Johnson High School. She is thrilled for her second year on the board and hopes to help other women find their voices as advocates in the county as much the organization has helped her. Nour is also part of the MCR Executive Board and March For Our Lives Maryland team.
Leadership Institute Director
Fatemeh Naghavinia is a senior at Winston Churchill High School. She's heavily invested in diversifying student advocacy: being an advocacy coordinator at MCR, having been a semi-finalist for MD SMOB, and currently advocating for dedicated prayer rooms within all MCPS schools. Her passion is connecting with people (YOU!) and hyping them up!
Leadership Institute Director
AJ Gordon is a junior at Watkins Mill High School. She was introduced to MoCoEmpowHER her freshman year and later became a Fall 2020 Leadership Institute member. AJ is currently a member of her Class Council and the Vice President of Watkins Mill's prominent Minority Scholars Program. She spends much of her free time reading, cooking, and attending MMA classes. She looks forward to empowering girls in unique ways that are specific to their individual goals/interests.
Diversity And Equity Director
Janaylin Carela is a Senior at Albert Einstein High School. She is excited to work with MoCo EmpowHER for a second year. Throughout the first year, she met amazing people from all walks of life and is thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and connect with even more. She hopes to empower and make everyone feel welcomed!