Taif Jany is a policy entrepreneur at Next100 and a rising immigration reform policy expert. A firsthand witness of the 2003 war on Iraq, and a survivor of its consequential sectarian violence, Taif was forced to flee his home in Baghdad when he was 16 years old and sought refuge in Damascus, Syria. Taif later immigrated to the United States to attend Union College, from which he graduated with a degree in sociology and French. Since then, Taif has been granted his asylum, and later his permanent residency. Through these experiences, Taif has come to understand not only the challenges that come with our immigration system, but also the value of integrating immigrants into our communities across the country.
At Next100, Taif leads a cutting-edge research initiative that focuses on providing real solutions to fixing our broken immigration system. Taif will work with federal, state, and local authorities from across the country to develop innovative policies that would strengthen our economy through immigrant integration and building culturally inclusive communities.
Most recently, Taif was the policy coordinator at the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, where he worked with over 1,400 state and local elected officials to impact policy nationwide. There, Taif managed the Unite Immigrant Families campaign, an initiative to stop the practice of separating children from their immigrant families. Taif also led the creation and launch of the American Leaders against Hate initiative, a nationwide campaign of over 600 elected officials that passed fifty resolutions to fight against anti-Muslim bigotry. Taif’s work has been featured by The Nation, VICE News, the Aspen Institute, and CGTV. Additionally, he has been published in the Huffington Post, The Advocate, and Fair Observer. Outside of work, Taif runs We the Habibis, a personal blog focusing on bridging cultures and bringing people together through food.