Ilays Aden lives in the Central District of Seattle, and co-founded the Eat With Muslims project, bringing people of all faiths and backgrounds together to learn more about Islam and share stories. Her work to counter the dehumanization of Muslims and xenophobia led her to receive Congressman Adam Smith’s 2018 Champion of Justice Award. She also advises numerous organizations and businesses in creating anti-racist policies that combat institutional and environmental racism. In her fundraising work, she focuses on community building around innovative housing solutions and environmentally sound urban planning. She is passionate about bringing people to the table, whether it is to share a meal or to engage in important dialogue that supports a healthy and thriving community. Ilays loves the outdoors and serves to keep Washington State beautiful and clean for all.