Jafreen Uddin

Executive Director, Asian American Writers' Workshop

Ms. Uddin brings more than a decade of experience working in the public sector, primarily in communications, education, and fundraising. She comes to AAWW from PEN America where she most recently served as Deputy Director of Development for Special Events, managing a high-level portfolio of events and cultivation activities. Prior to joining PEN America, Ms. Uddin helped oversee Executive Education as an Assistant Director with NYU’s Stern School of Business, developing and coordinating both degree and non-degree programming for cohorts of senior-level executives. She began her career with an eight-year stint at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she helped create the infrastructure for the public programming calendar of events. She spent nearly three years managing an online Book Salon for Aslan Media, spotlighting writers and artists from the greater Middle East/South Asia region, and she regularly volunteers her time with a number of local Muslim organizations in New York City, including serving as Chairperson of the Columbia Muslim Alumni Association from 2011-2015. Ms. Uddin received her B.A. in political economics from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her M.A. in global history from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.