Zarina Durrani
Pronouns: She | Her | Hers

“I am the daughter of immigrants who came from two very different backgrounds and who taught me to be myself; a Muslim college student who enjoyed studying Italian renaissance religious paintings; an introvert who likes talking to people; and a loving and supportive sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. I strive to #LiveInclusively by listening to and learning from others, and by being generous with my time and energy, particularly in solidarity with others.”

Zarina Durrani is President of Meeting Common Goals, LLC, a small firm providing services in the areas of Human Resources and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Through the LLC, she is a Senior Consultant with The Winters Group.

For just over 30 years, Zarina worked at the Brookings Institution, a DC-based think tank. She spent the bulk of her career there in HR, and at the end of her tenure was the Director of Diversity Initiatives. After Brookings she worked part-time at the Peace Corps helping to support their DEI initiatives, and most recently worked part-time as the Human Resources Director at Achieving the Dream, a nonprofit whose mission is to help community college students gain better economic opportunities. 

On a volunteer basis, Zarina is chair of the Think Tank Diversity Consortium (TTDC), a group of 15+ organizations working to increase representation and diversity in the public policy-making arena. Additionally, she is on the leadership team of the Global Access Pipeline (GAP) and is a board member of the International Career Advancement Program Fellows Association, both of which work to promote broader representation in the area of international affairs. She also serves as a job coach and mentor with various workforce development organizations.

Zarina received a B.A in History from Rutgers University, and an M.A. in Political Economy from the University of Maryland. While at Rutgers she spent a year at the University of Florence in Italy. She holds a Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and is a qualified administrator of the IDI® (Intercultural Development Inventory®).

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