Bilal Ansari who is a native of New Haven, Connecticut currently holds an Islamic Chaplaincy Graduate Certificate at the prestigious Hartford Seminary. For the past ten years, he has served as a Correctional Chaplain for the State of Connecticut at multiple level institutions youth, male and female facilities and last year became consultant for Islamic Society of North America's Leadership Development Center as Chaplaincy Coordinator. From 1990 to 1994, he served as Muslim chaplain and Community Organizer for several California Bay Area masajids and college campuses. He has served as an adjunct professor at Ohlone Community College for African American studies from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Ansari then joined Americorps National Civilian Community Corps as National Ambassador in Community Relations serving in America's most blighted communities.