A Letter from our President Merissa Khurma

Dear Members and Friends of JAADC,

It is our pleasure to share our thoughts and news with you as the newly-elected executive committee starts its work in service of our Jordanian community in DC, VA and MD.

I’d first like to thank you for your vote of confidence and trust. I am honored and humbled to be the first woman President of JAADC. Most importantly, I am thrilled to be working with a stellar team in the executive committee and to serve you all; to strengthen our community, promote Jordan’s cultural heritage and strengthen Jordan-US relations.

Before we kick off our work as an executive committee, I’d like to ask you all to join me in extending our gratitude and appreciation to our outgoing President Rami Rihani and to our outgoing Membership Director Mohammad Shatnawi. Both Rami and Mohammad have been dedicated and committed leaders of JAADC from the very beginning of our organization’s journey. We will miss working with them but are also confident that we can always count on their support.

Lastly, join me in welcoming the new executive committee. Here are a few words from each one to our JAADC community.  Looking forward to an active and fruitful two-year term.

Ramadan Mubarak!


Merissa Khurma


“I am humbled to be joining an exquisite executive committee whose task is to advance the mission of JAADC, and to continue serving our community in the DMV area by staying relevant to your interests.  My focus for the next 2 years is to expand our membership footprint by connecting with more Jordanians, and to establish a framework of collaboration with other Jordanian associations in the US in an effort to unify our efforts and to strengthen our voice at the local and State levels”.- Fadi Samara, Vice President

“I want to thank you for the great honor and responsibility of electing me to serve as the Director of membership of this organization for the next two years. The executive committee and I will continue to work hard to meet the challenges that lie ahead and continue our efforts to achieve the organization’s goals. I am dedicated to creating new ideas that will attract more members and develop new sources of funding for the organization. We look forward to your continued support.” - Fadi Ghazwi, Director of Membership


“I’m looking forward to meeting our challenges over my next term and to help JAADC with its financial goals. Please engage with me and the executive committee if you have any ideas to support our growth and continued improvement.”- Salem Rihani, Treasurer


“It is an honor to serve you as JAADC's Public Relations Director. I hope to work with the other members of the Executive Committee to maintain and expand JAADC's exposure and outreach and bring to Jordanians in the DC area events and meetings that add value to our collective experience and address the current and pressing issues relevant to our community and beloved country.” – Lina Sawaqed, PR and Outreach


“Through the position of Social Co-Chair, I want to ensure that the broader DC metro communities are engaged on the issues Jordan face, and are exposed to the rich culture that Jordan and Jordanians have to offer. I look forward to seeing more of you at our social events.” Raed Samara, Social Co-Chair


"Thank you all for your continued interest in JAADC. It is my honor to serve as social co-chair for the next two years and hopefully plan and organize events of interest to you. I am open for suggestions and would love to hear from you too.”- Saba Gheishan, Social Co-Chair