Rashad Mahmood is a JSK Community Impact Fellow and is an expert storyteller with more than nine years of experience in journalism, grant writing, public relations, mediation and program management. He works to support local journalism in New Mexico as the co-director for the New Mexico Local News Fund, which he joined in August 2019. He has applied for and received over $1.1 million in grants from foundations. Before moving to New Mexico, he worked in international development in Washington, D.C., Egypt and Iraq. He also worked for two years as a business journalist in Egypt. After moving to Albuquerque, he worked as the program outreach coordinator for Generation Justice, and he later joined KUNM 89.9 FM as the program coordinator for the Public Health New Mexico project. Mahmood earned a Bachelor of Arts in peace and conflict studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Arts in Arab studies from Georgetown University.