Susannah Cunningham, Co-Founder / Executive Director
Before founding Only Through US, Susannah Cunningham led and advised advocacy groups within the U.S. and in the Middle East and North Africa for over a decade. In 2008, Susannah co-founded the Resettlement Legal Aid Project (RLAP), a Cairo-based legal clinic created to serve Iraqi refugees fleeing persecution because of their work as translators, drivers, and contractors with Coalition Forces and American organizations. Today, the clinic serves refugees of all backgrounds, is an implementing partner to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and is the sole provider of refugee legal assistance to Egypt's sizable urban asylum-seekers. Before starting RLAP, Susannah was a founding Managing Committee member of the national Darfur anti-genocide student movement, STAND. She is also a Truman National Security Fellow. She holds a bachelor degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and is a native of Houston, Texas.
Jasmine El-Gamal, CO-Founder / Policy Director
Jasmine El-Gamal is a former Pentagon official and currently a resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, where she focuses primarily on the role of narratives in the cycle of radicalization and violent extremism. For eight years, Jasmine served as a Middle East policy advisor at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD), as well as Special Assistant to three Under Secretaries of Defense where she regularly briefed and traveled with Secretaries of Defense as well as foreign counterparts on issues pertaining to U.S. and global security. Jasmine has worked to incorporate inter-cultural and inter-faith understanding throughout her career in national security. At the beginning of the Iraq war, Jasmine was as an interpreter and cultural advisor with the 82nd Airborne Division. Jasmine holds an MS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a BS in Marketing from Clarkson University. She is a graduate of the New York Film Academy and the producer of the 2017 short-documentary film “Unwelcome.” She is a Truman National Security Fellow, and a proud first-generation American of Egyptian heritage.