Maya Berry is executive director of the Arab American Institute, steering the Institute’s policy agenda. In 1996 she established AAI’s first government relations department, which she led for five years before becoming legislative director for House Minority Whip David Bonior (D-MI), where she developed policies on international relations, human rights, trade and immigration. Berry started her career in public service working for ACCESS, the nation’s oldest and largest Arab American human services non-profit. Berry is also the founder of MidAmr Group, a private consulting firm dedicated to enhancing US-Arab economic, political, and cultural cooperation. Follow her on Twitter: @iMayaBerry.