Dalia Mogahed — American Activist born on December 30, 1974,

Dalia Mogahed is an American scholar of Egyptian origin. She is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, DC. She is also President and CEO of Mogahed Consulting, a Washington, D.C.-based executive coaching and consulting firm specializing in Muslim societies and the Middle East. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, a non-partisan research center that provided data and analysis to reflect the views of Muslims all over the world. She was selected as an advisor by U.S. President Barack Obama on the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships... (wikipedia)

I'm not in the business of changing policies. I hope to inform, not form, decisions.
My national identity is first American. My religious identity is first Muslim.
I can tell you character traits I admire and work to develop in myself - perseverance, self-discipline, courage to stand up for what is right even when it is against one's friends or one's self.
I admire many people, but I am not sure that I have any 'heroes.'
People are so complex and multidimensional that raising someone to 'hero' status is too great a simplification.