Local businessman to head national organization

By DANIEL HERATY
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Lifelong Michigan resident Warren David is off to the nation’s capital.

David, who is president of the Dearborn-based public relations firm David Communications, took on a new job as president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee July 1.

David, a resident of Northville, took over for Sara Najjar-Wilson, whose term ended June 30.

A third-generation Arab American, David is the founder and publisher of Arab Detroit, one of the leading interactive websites in the U.S. providing digital media to the Arab American community.

David, who will spend time in Washington, D.C and Detroit, said that he believes his experience working in the area will help him in his transition.

“I have been a lifelong activist in the greater Detroit area for the past 30 years,” he said. “It’s quite an honor to be named president. If I can take that knowledge to Washington, I will be very happy.” He added that one of the plans he has when he takes office is to try and bring the ADC National Convention, from Washington, D.C. to Dearborn.

“It may not be next year, but one year,” he said.

Imad Hamad, Michigan director for the committee, said that the job won’t be easy, but he is confident that David can successfully fill the role. He said that David will not be able to create “miracles,” but that the challenges, including a negative financial impact and the impact of the pro-democracy movement in the Middle east will make the committee more determined.

“He comes with a new, refreshing approach,” Hamad said. “I have known Mr. David since 1987, and he is a successful businessman. We wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors.”

David is also a co-producer of the “Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans Diversity Workshop,” which has trained more than 1,000 educators, corporate employees, government officials, and media personnel about the image of the Arab and Arab American and was the executive producer of the National Public Radio series, “Arabesque: Insights into Arab Culture.”

He is married to Dr. Amal Khalil David and they have two daughters, Zayna Salloum and Ameera David.

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