Mikael Deems Bryant was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, to a predominantly Lutheran family. He spent his early years studying music and riding horses in Enid. Mikael lost touch with religion at an early age and was an atheist until discovering Islam while studying at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. He became Muslim in the last ten days of Ramadan in the year 2013.
At Cornell College, he studied the History of Modern Middle Eastern Conflicts and Early American History, and he minored in Music. His primary focus in history was on the foundations of the Constitution of the United States, which informs his strong passion for civil liberties and human rights. After graduating from Cornell College in 2014, Mikael moved back to Oklahoma to study law at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating in May 2017.
Mikael’s professional background is predominately legal. While in school, he has worked in the public sector for a State Prosecutor and District Judge. He has also worked in the private sector, in both for-profit and non-profit settings. He was one of the first 10 employees what is now a major national law firm, National Litigation Law Group, working there from its startup in 2014 until December of 2016, gaining valuable experience in accounting, client relations, legal research-writing, and problem solving. Before joining the Board in January of 2017, Mikael served multiple legal internships with CAIR Oklahoma, in which he fell in love with its mission and the passion of the people working to achieve it.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his lovely wife Rawan.