Rafia Khader

Program Manager, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

Lake Institute on Faith and Giving
Rafia Khader
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN


  • Master of Arts, Religious Studies, The University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Benedictine University


Rafia Khader is a Program Manager at Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. In this capacity, she also serves as the current Managing Editor of the Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society and provides programming support for the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative, a joint initiative of Lake Institute and the Dean’s Office.

Rafia comes to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy with experience working as an administrator for various Islamic nonprofits based in Chicago. Passionate about interfaith dialogue and the role faith plays in our lives, Rafia started an interfaith discussion group on the intersection of religion and women’s bodies as a graduate student intern at the Spiritual Life Office at The University of Chicago in 2014 and in 2016, and she initiated the Muslim-Jewish Women’s Alliance, a joint project of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana.