GROWING PALESTINE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Samir is a filmmaker, activist and educator. He collaborates with pro-Palestine organizations around the country and he produces unique international tours, such as the Inside Out Project and the Nakba Tour. Samir works at a media organization and think tank, where he creates non-fiction digital shorts and provides analysis on foreign affairs. When Samir is not working he enjoys mentoring young storytellers to write and control their own narrative.
Ida is a US-born Palestinian who grew up in the occupied Palestinian territories and now lives in Centreville, Virginia, working as a freelance editor for various book and website publishers. She received a masters degree in American literature from the American University of Beirut and came to the DC area in 1980. Over the years, she has been involved with Palestinian and US community groups with an education and social justice focus. She is excited about working with Growing Palestine because it offers a concrete way to support a group that deserves focus—Palestinian farmers—and to promote Palestinian heritage.
Arjunia is a Palestinian born in Amman, Jordan. Her parents immigrated from their ancestral home in Ramallah to the U.S. when she was 2 years old. Arjunia worked with Palestine Aid Society for many years and volunteered with a number of Palestinian and Arab organizations whose focus was on women and children. Until 2020, Arjunia served on the board of Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace. Arjunia has a BS in Psychology from University of Maryland and a MS in Education from Johns Hopkins University. She taught in the public school system with a specialization on students with reading disabilities.