After two years of planning, ISPU became official. The journey to discover facts and both educate and enable others to benefit from our research had begun.
In May 2010, ISPU hired Shireen Zaman to be its first executive director. She was hired to strengthen ISPU’s presence and increase the visibility of its research at a time when this research was increasingly in demand. Board Chair Iltefat Hamzavi called Zaman “the ideal person to lead ISPU forward.”
In May 2013, ISPU released the Bay Area Muslim Study. This groundbreaking study looked at demographics, identity, economic well being, and political and civic engagement, and discussed both the diversity and the potential challenges facing the Bay Area Muslim community.
At the beginning of 2014, ISPU launched its new strategic vision that strengthened and refocused its institutional approach.
In March 2016, ISPU released its American Muslim Poll 2016 (AMP). This poll looked to offer a badly needed evidence-based contribution to a landscape that saw Muslims increasingly discussed, but not included, in national debates.