Day Al-Mohamed currently works for the U.S. Department of Labor leading the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) premier safety and health management recognition program, the Voluntary Protection Programs. Ms. Al-Mohamed’s other work at Labor has included the design and implementation of the multi-million dollar Add Us In initiative to identify and develop strategies to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities by working with small business associations in underserved and historically excluded communities.
Prior to that, Ms. Al-Mohamed worked as Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer with the American Psychological Association (APA), managing their legislative and regulatory activities related to Healthcare, Immigration, and International Development. This included an active role in passage of the Affordable Care Act and the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. She has served as Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs for the American Council of the Blind and provided technical assistance and support to both consumers and various advisory committees and governing bodies.
Before her legislative work in Washington DC, Ms. Al-Mohamed’s career has included work in advocacy and legislative initiatives on behalf of many disenfranchised groups. She has worked on the planning committee for the Civil Rights Group of the Cambio de Colores conference; the largest conference that directly addresses the various issues faced by Latino immigrants to the Midwest. In addition, she served as a representative of the ISC-ICC to the Preparatory Commission of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the United Nations.
Outside of her policy work, Ms. Al-Mohamed is an author, filmmaker, and radio host. She is author of the Young Adult novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, editor of the anthology Trust & Treachery, and is a regular host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot with a listening audience of more than 80,000 listeners. Her latest novella, The Labyrinth’s Archivist was just released from Falstaff Books in July 2019. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts.
Ms. Al-Mohamed’s recent publications are available in Fireside Fiction, Apex Magazine, Sword & Laser, and GrayHaven Comics’ anti-bullying issue “You Are Not Alone.” Two of her films were recently shown on local Virginia cable television, and her award-winning Civil War documentary, The Invalid Corps, recently sold to Alaska Airlines and will make its broadcast debut on Maryland Public Television in the fall.
She is a founding member of Documentary Filmmakers with Disabilities (FWD-Doc), an active member of Women in Film and Video, a 2015 Docs in Progress Film Fellow, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop. Her short story, The Lesser Evil was nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award for Best Short Fiction of 2015. However, she is most proud of being invited to teach a workshop on storytelling at the White House in February 2016. She presents often on the representation of and importance of disability in media, most recently at for the National Bar Association, at New York Comic Con, and at SXSW.
Ms. Al-Mohamed holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Ms. Al-Mohamed is a strong believer in community. She proudly serves as a Flotilla Staff Officer (FSO-IS) in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and as a Commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her wife, N. Renee Brown.
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