Jannaan Hashim is a native of Washington D.C. and was born to an Iraqi father and Caucasian-American mother. Her involvement in Muslim youth activities stems from her teenage years in the early 1980s into her adulthood in Chicago. Janaan served as a high school journalism teacher at Universal School in suburban Chicago and she also used her experience as a student leader in college; where she was elected president of her student body. Janaan is a partner at Amal Law Group, the nation's first law firm founded by six American Muslim women; where she practices criminal defense and civil rights law. She is also an adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary where she teaches a master's level course entitled 'Religious Pluralism and the Ministry'. Janaan is also the Tuesday night host of WCEV's Radio Islam program, a spokesperson for the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) and serves as CIOGC media relations co-chair.