Alma Soto


Alma Soto joined the GIS Board in 2017. She has over 17 years of non-profit, organizing and education experience.

Throughout the years, she has had the privilege to blend her learning of social justice, educational equity with practical knowledge as well as experience in her work with many local nonprofits, Islamic organizations and school districts in a way that has refined her experiential knowledge of her community.

Alma holds a B.A. in Politics Science and an M.B.A specializing in non-profit and entrepreneurship.  She is dedicated to enhancing her community one step at a time.

Tariq Ali


Tariq currently supports the San Mateo County Employees' Retirement Association as the Chief Technology Officer. He leads technology initiatives, enables employee development, and pushes for efficient process transformations.


Tariq finds success in what he does because he keeps people's needs at the heart of the issue, he listens to what the people want and incorporates that into each solution. This is the same approach Tariq uses to address the needs of the GIS community.


Tariq has two kids enrolled at GIS, is the board secretary and chair of the Safety & Security Committee.

Maha Dahbour

Vice Chair

Sr. Maha has been an active member of the community for over 20 years. She lives in San Mateo and is a mother of six; three of which are currently enrolled at GIS and three GIS Alumni. Sr. Maha has been actively involved with the GIS PTO for the last 10 years, and this is her 18th year as an active GIS parent's. Maha has a law degree from the University of Jordan, Certificate in Paralegal Studies, and a Teaching Certificate as well as a Director Certificate in early childhood education. As an early member of Yaseen Foundation, Sr. Maha played a critical role in starting and establishing the Muslim Children Garden (MCG) in San Mateo/Belmont area in 2001. In addition, Sr. Maha worked as a teacher at MCG for over 13 years. In addition to MCA and GIS, she is also an active member at both Belmont and Burlingame centers of Yaseen Foundation. For the last six years, Sr. Maha worked with other interfaith organizations in the peninsula to establish the first Peace Village Camp, which is being implemented in the various community colleges in the Bay Area.

Magdy Abdelrahman


Magdy is a proud GIS parent since moving to the Bay Area in 2006. His older daughter graduated from 8th grade in 2013 and now a Junior student at UC Berkeley. Magdy's younger daughter is in 8th grade and a GIS student since pre-K.


Professionally, Magdy is a Managing Director of Strategic Planning and CMO of Service Group at Applied Materials Inc. where he started in 2006 after moving to the Bay Area from Intel Corporation in Portland, OR. Magdy earned his B.Sc.from Alexandria University in Egypt, and M.Sc.& Ph.D. from UT Austin, all in Nuclear Engineering. Magdy holds multiple patents in Semiconductor fabrication before he earned his MBA from Santa Clara University and moved to executive management. 

Najeeb Hashmi

Board Member

My name is Najeeb Ahmad Hashmi married to Faiza Ahmed. We have two sons Farzan Hashmi and Taha Hashmi. We have been Granada parents for more than 10 years. I am a software engineer by profession and an electrical engineer and a business graduate by education. We have been residents of the bay area for about 19 years. I love to read and am passionate about mentoring kids in math and science. 

Abdulhakim Abushaala

Board member

Abdul Mateen Mohammed

Board Member

My name is Abdul Mateen Mohammed and have been living in the Bay Area since 1995. I am married and have four kids, 3 of them graduated from GIS and one still in 5th grade. I work for Incorta Inc as Technical Director.


I have joined GIS board this year and looking forward to collaborating with the school administration and parents to add value in the area of Computer Sciences and

Volunteer opportunities for students. 

Granada Islamic School

3003 Scott Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95054

Phone: (408) 980-1161

Fax: (408) 980-1120

School Hours: M-F 8:00am - 3:15pm




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