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Zuhal Bahaduri


Favorite color: Red
Favorite cuisine: Chinese and sushi 
Favorite recreational activity: Being outdoors in nature, especially by the ocean 

Meet Zuhal 

At the age of 18, Zuhal Bahaduri ran her first campaign for a Fremont City Council candidate. Subsequently, she was elected as the first Afghan-American female California Democrat Party (CDP) Delegate for Assembly District 20, where she served two terms. 

Zuhal completed her Bachelors at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After running a successful campaign in West LA, for the 2012 CDP’s No on 32 and Yes on 30, Zuhal was hired as a volunteer and training coordinator at the headquarters for the CA Democratic Party in Sacramento. Her expertise has led to a portfolio of campaigns Field Directing for CA Democrats and consulting.

She currently works as a Public Healthcare Analyst, laying to rest her community organizing and consulting hat. When the crisis hit Afghanistan in 2021, Zuhal could not turn away from supporting her community, motivating her to co-found The 5ive Pillars Organization and leading initiatives to respond to the Afghanistan crisis.