Bassam Rifai is the director of public affairs at SCM Medical, an NGO that provides medical and humanitarian aid to refugees. He is also currently serving as a government relations board member for the Syrian American Council. Prior to that, he served as the outreach coordinator for the New Jersey Governor’s Office, where he was the principal liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives and the local community. He received his degrees in planning and public policy from Rutgers University and graduate certificates in international affairs and public relations from New York University. Bassam has also served as a political and government relations commentator on CNN, Al Jazeera, CNBC, BBC, C-Span, and several national talk radio shows.