Ms. Tanzila Ahmed
California, United States
Member Since: 02/02/2018
An electoral organizer by trade, she’s mobilized thousands of Asian American & Pacific Islanders to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past fifteen years. In 2004, she founded South Asian American Voting Youth (SAAVY), a national organization that organizes South Asian American youth to have a political voice and get involved in the electoral process. She has since worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles and Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance employing in-language culturally competent tools to mobilize hundreds of thousands of AAPI voters to the polls. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18MillionRising.With a Master in Public Policy degree with concentration on racial justice policy from UCLA's School of Public Affairs, she was part of a student led initiative to bring Critical Race Theory into public policy. While at UCLA, her thesis project entitled Barriers to Student Voting examines the various barriers that students in California face when exercising civic engagement. An experienced campaign trainer, she has led workshops with EnviroCitizen, APIA Vote, the League of Young Voters, and Campus Camp Wellstone.
In 2016, Taz was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. She is cohost of The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast that has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Wired, and Buzzfeed as well as live shows recorded at South by Southwest and the White House. An avid essayist, she had a monthly column called Radical Love, was a blogger for Sepia Mutiny, has written for Truthout, The Aerogram, The Nation, Left Turn Magazine, and more. She is published in the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors (2016) and poetry collectionCoiled Serpent (2016) and was published in the anthology Love, Inshallah (2012). Her third poetry chapbook Emdash and Ellipses was published in early 2016. Taz curates Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced Beats for Bangladesh and she annually makes #MuslimVDay Cards. Her artwork was featured in the shows Sharia Revoiced (2015), in Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s“H-1B” (2015), and Rebel Legacy: Activist Art from South Asian California (2014).
Twitter Username: @tazzystar
- Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome. , Harper Wave (February 2018)
- Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion , Aunt Lute Books (January 16, 2017)
- Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women , Soft Skull Press (February 17, 2012)
- The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles , Tia Chucha (April 15, 2016)
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from University of Southern California (June 2001)
- Master of Science in Master in Public Policy from UCLA (June 2007)
Genres of Interest
Creative nonfiction, Poetry