Social justice, and economic and health care disparities faced by marginalized populations have been a lifelong fight for Meraj Abdul-Qadir (She/Her). Meraj served for over five years with a team providing pro bono legal services for indigent people in Denver. She also served with legal professionals to provide services for victims of violence and assisted them in obtaining asylum in the United States.
Meraj is a member of Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (MILA) and serves on its Steering Committee. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Ansar Pantry, which provides food, resources and services on a weekly basis and in emergency cases. Ansar also provides numerous services to clients who are refugees and now reside in the United States.
A military brat, Meraj grew up on military installations throughout the United States and Europe. She reverted to Islam at the age of 15. Meraj has been a member of the Muslim community in Colorado since 1976 and is a member of the Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau. Meraj holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado and is a lifelong learner. Meraj has a daughter who resides in Denver, and a daughter, son in law and 2 grandchildren who reside in Maryland. Meraj and her husband, Michael, reside in Centennial.