I have dedicated most of my adult life to public service. Out of college, I began work as a public school teacher, serving in the Teach for America corps and teaching 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade in under-resourced public schools.
Later, I co-founded two nonprofit education organizations, serving as executive director of Oakland Leaf in California and providing free after-school and summer programs to thousands of children and youth.
I returned to school to obtain a law degree with the goal of impacting systemic change. My legal career began as a civil rights attorney, representing individuals affected by discrimination and retaliation, and challenging local and state policies that targeted vulnerable minority groups.
After moving to Texas and taking the Texas Bar Exam, I was hired by the City of Austin. I am an Assistant City Attorney here in Austin.
I am lead attorney for the City’s challenge to Senate Bill No. 4 and helped to obtain a preliminary injunction against this unjust and misguided law that targets Hispanic Texans and immigrants. I have also fought for the rights of tenants in decrepit housing projects and defended the City against multiple politically-motivated lawsuits filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
I was born into a union household - my mother was a welder at a Caterpillar factory, a member of the machinists union, and was on strike against unsafe working conditions when I was in the womb. I have spent my life surrounded by working people, by people of all backgrounds, and by people willing to dedicate their lives to fighting for the greater good.
Through my candidacy, I seek to unite the various communities of the 10th Congressional District who are thoroughly unrepresented by the current Congressman. From Austin to Houston, Bastrop to Prairie View, we all deserve to have our voices heard.
Congress has been steadily attacking our health care, our community programs, our diverse neighbors, and our way of life. It is time to fight back, whatever the odds of victory, because we cannot cede any ground in this country to those who would use the federal government as a source of personal enrichment.
I have a history of fighting—for working people, students, families, disadvantaged populations—and I will bring that same spirit to the position of Representative for the 10th Congressional District of Texas.
My wife Hindatu and I moved to Texas in 2013. We wanted to be closer to her family, including her sister and our niece and nephew. Hindatu is a veterinarian, and not long after we got here, she got a job at animal hospital in Austin. Now she’s the owner of a successful veterinary practice.
Our sons Malik and Hamza are 5 and 2, respectively.