Center for Asian Studies

Almas Muscatwallas

Almas received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Bombay University in 1989 and her Master of Science degree in Child Development from Bombay University in 1991. She is a graduate of the Leadership Plano program and the Leadership Arts Program. She has two decades of experience in teacher training, curriculum development and human resource management. Her passion is to study international relations and public policy and serve in the development sector in countries such as Syria and Tajikistan. In her volunteer capacity, Almas is serving as the Workshop Director at Islamic Art Revival Series, and on the Board of Directors at Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation. She is a chair of the Interfaith Council and a Board of Directors of The Thanks-Giving Foundation in Dallas. She was instrumental in the formation of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square (FFD@TGS), a broad and diverse coalition of Dallas faith leaders dedicated to relationship building, community education, celebrating pluralism and providing support and solidarity, which she presently leads as an Executive Director. Because of her engagement in interfaith and justice work, she was invited to join the Project Unity Board of Directors to facilitate race relations across the city of Dallas and Family Gateway to improve the quality of life of Families with Children experiencing homelessness. Additionally, she contributes to the Dallas Morning News Faith Advisory Group. She is an active member of the Ismaili Muslim Community and serves in many leadership roles in outreach and educational, cultural and arts sectors of the community. She was recently appointed to the DFW Muslim Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC) to strengthen relationships between peoples with diverse perspectives. Furthermore, she volunteers as the advisor to the Religion, Interfaith, and Spirituality segment of Compassionate DFW.

Almas is a proud mother of two boys, Naeem and Nabeel, ages 26 and 23 respectively. She has lived in Plano with her husband and mother for twenty years. She believes that worshiping God and serving humanity are the only two purposes of life. 


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