Government Experience

  • Department of State—Public Diplomacy Intern and Outreach Assistant, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2012)
  • Department of Commerce—Law Clerk, Economic Development Administration (2015)


  • The Ohio State University, B.A. (2014)
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D. (2017)


  • Arabic (Fluent)

Neda M. Shaheen is a consultant at Crowell & Moring International, where she supports a diverse range of clients with counsel on international trade and investment matters, public health and digital trade initiatives, as well as in crafting impactful public-private partnerships. Neda is an attorney and an LL.M. candidate in national security law with a certificate in international trade at Georgetown University, where she was selected as a 2021 National Security Scholar.

Neda was previously the Policy and Programs Lead at Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation, where she co-founded the South West Asia and North Africa Working Group, advocating for women of color across the field of peace and security and elevating women on the ground and in global diaspora communities. She is the Team DC co-lead of the Arab America Foundation and previously served as the National Director of Arab American Engagement on the Biden for President Campaign. Neda moved to Washington, D.C., for a fellowship at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, where she worked on the legal and policy teams representing asylum-seekers and refugees, political prisoners, and other human rights defenders. Previously, Neda worked for the U.N. Security Council in New York, where she conducted legal compliance of state counterterrorism measures under international human rights law.

Neda earned her J.D. and a certificate in international and comparative law from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, after completing her B.A. studies in English and studio art from The Ohio State University. During law school, Neda was very active in DePaul’s International Human Rights Law Institute, where she conducted field research on the implementation of international human rights law treaties for reports to the U.N. Treaty Body Committees. She also served as a J.D. AmeriCorps and as a pro bono assistant for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, supporting torture survivors in pro se asylum proceedings.

Neda speaks fluent Arabic.


  • 2021 US National Security and Foreign Affairs Leadership List, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Diversity in National Security Network (DINSN) 
  • 40 Under 40, Middle East Policy Council (2021) 
  • 30 Under 30, Arab America Foundation (2021) 
  • Building Bridges Award, Arab American Bar Association of Illinois (2021)
  • DNC Presidential Fellow (2020)


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • LL.M. Peer Reviewer, Georgetown National Security Law and Policy Journal
  • Governance Committee, National Arab American Bar Association
  • Team DC Co-Lead, Arab America Foundation
  • Member, Foreign Policy For America NextGen Initiative

Speeches & Presentations


Press Coverage