For over 15 years, Edina Lekovic has served as a leading voice on American Muslims and an inter-community builder between diverse faith traditions. She is a co-founder and board member of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, a board member of multifaith house of worship The Pico-Union Project and a layleader at the Islamic Center of Southern California. From 2017-2018, she was also an On Being Fellow, an opportunity she used to launch her own podcast, which was named one of the best new podcasts of 2018. In each episode of "Meeting the Moment", Edina talks with people she admires about their journey and how they have been able to find opportunities within life's big challenges. Plus, she shares stories from many of her own experiences as a public advocate for American Muslim inclusion.
Lekovic is a Montenegrin American whose parents are of Bosniak ethnicity that came from Bar, Montenegro in the former Yugoslavia. She completed her graduate work in Communication at Pepperdine University and received her B.A. in American Literature & Culture. During this time, she was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Bruin, the third largest paper in Los Angeles. Under her leadership, the staff won a number of national awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists Best of the West in college publications. Edina lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
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She has also been featured in several leading newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. Lekovic is also a regular speaker at national and international conferences and interfaith dialogues speaking on a variety of issues related to American Muslims.
Participation in lectures and presentations
- Defining the Muslim American Identity Post 9/11 - 15 March 2003 at Wellesley College 
- Confronting Islamophobia - 7 December 2004 at the United Nations Headquarters 
- The Rising voice of Moderate Muslims - 29 December 2001, California 
- In her work with the Muslim Public Affairs Council from 2004-2014, she advocated on behalf of American Muslims in news media, interfaith, community, and pop culture spaces. She has appeared on leading media outlets, including CNN, FOX News, Huffington Post, NPR and Buzzfeed. In 2015, she was named one of L.A.’s 10 most inspiring women gamechangers by Los Angeles Magazine. She was also named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in 2009. From 2000-2004, she served as Managing Editor of The Minaret, an American Muslim magazine which focused on socio-political issues impacting faith and identity for millions of Americans. In 2003, the Malaysian government invited Lekovic to be one of two U.S. representatives to the International Conference of Muslim Young Leaders, which was as a precursor to the annual conference of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Edina Lekovic - profile on The American Muslim
- MPAC.org - profile for Edina Lekovic
- WellesleyWeek Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. week of 13-20 March 2006
- MPAC Convention - Conference program for Dec 29, 2001
- Project Elev8 - Official website (on MySpace)
- Edina Lekovic: Communications Director - MPAC Staff & Board
- Expert says women honored in Islam - DailyTexanOnline