KASar Abdulla

2017 Community Catalyst


Born in Kurdistan of Iraq, Kasar was forced to flee her home when she was just six years old, traveling to a Turkish refugee camp and living there with her family for over four years before being resettled in the United States.

It is this experience that led Kasar to a lifetime of advocacy on behalf of immigrants and refugees both in her own community and on behalf of Valor Collegiate Academies, where she currently serves as the Director of Community Outreach.

A Nashvillian for over 20 years, Kasar is a founding member of the Welcome Tennessee Initiative, a movement focused on welcoming and celebrating the diversity that immigrants bring to our state, as well as the American Muslim Advisory Council, which works to facilitate relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims in Tennessee, both on a community level and in matters of public policy. For over two decades, Kasar has remained a tireless community organizer, social-justice educator, and human rights advocate, bringing hope to hundreds of immigrants and refugees who find their home in Nashville.