I was born and raised in Pakistan, and immigrated to the United States with my family when I was 12 years old. I went to middle school and high school in Alhambra, CA- a hardworking, immigrant community a few miles east of Downtown Los Angeles. Like so many others, my family moved to the United States looking for better education and economic opportunities. My family has a long history of public service, my father has worked for the State of California for 20 years, and my mother is a preschool teacher. I am proud to follow this tradition and have been in public service for the past decade working at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Forest Service.
After graduating from Columbia University with a Masters in Public Administration, I was selected for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship program that helped prepare the next generation of civil service leaders across the federal government. I was placed within FEMA in Washington DC and worked with cities around the country implementing climate adaptation policies.
I relocated to Oregon in 2015 and have since been with the United States Forest Service and have served in a variety of roles working on strategic research initiatives as a program manager, as a budget analyst and most recently as the Deputy Communications Lead on the Wildfire Risk Reduction and Infrastructure Team.
I hope to bring my diverse skill set and lived experience along with a strong public policy, budget and communication background to the school board. I will uplift our communities, support students and teachers and ensure that all students are provided with the tools they need to be successful in the classroom and after graduation.
I now live in the Cedar Mill neighborhood with my toddler and husband and look forward to continuing engaging with the community during the campaign and beyond.