Legislative Director, California State Assembly
Maheen Ahmed is currently the Legislative Director in the Office of Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) in the California State Assembly, where she crafts and oversees a progressive budget and policy priorities on a wide range of issues impacting Californians. In 2019, she became the first Muslim legislative director to serve in this position the history of the California state legislature. Prior to joining the state legislature in 2016 as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow, Maheen worked at the Sacramento Valley chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy nonprofit organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, for over five years. She is a passionate community builder and organizer, and works with local Muslim, interfaith and interracial community organizations on social justice and advocacy efforts. She serves as a community organizing trainer for the Muslim Power Building Project, as well as on the board of directors for Sacramento Area Congregations Together (Sacramento ACT). Maheen is also involved in youth empowerment work, volunteering her time over the years to serving Muslim college students through Muslim Student Associations at the national, state-wide and local college levels. Maheen has received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis in Community and Regional Development, and received her Master's degree in Public Administration from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in May 2020. Maheen strives to devote her life to working towards social equity through systemic changes and amplifying and empowering marginalized peoples.