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  Ahmed, Saba
NameSaba Ahmed
Address1000 SW 178th Pl
Beaverton, Oregon 97006, United States
Website [Link]
Born Unknown
Last ModifedRBH
Nov 23, 2011 01:10am
Tags Pakistani - Islam -
InfoSaba Ahmed, was born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan. She moved to Portland, Oregon for college and earned her Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Portland State University. Once Saba started to take an interest in political work, she worked for Governor Ted Kulongoski and Congressman Earl Blumenauer to gain more political experience. She also worked at Intel in several engineering and management roles. Saba will be completing her joint Juris Doctorate-MBA degrees later this year with a focus on intellectual property law from Lewis and Clark Law School and University of Portland.

Prior to joining the first class of Emerge Oregon, Saba participated in the New Leadership Oregon (NLO) program and met several politically engaged women who encouraged her to apply for Emerge. Saba felt the concept of running for political office was still a fairly abstract concept since she is only in her early twenties. Yet, upon gaining acceptance and beginning her involvement with Emerge Oregon, Saba has gained the support and confidence to crystallize her interest in running for Congress in the future. She says, "I realize that it will be a tough road and it may take several years, but I am willing to give it my best."

Saba has found political networking to be more accessible and comfortable since she has aligned herself with Emerge. Saba says people are generally very "impressed and intimidated" when they learn she is a program member of Emerge, because they recognize "a new powerful, highly-connected group of Oregon women will be running for office."

Upon graduating law school, Saba plans to explore the possibility of running for U.S. House of Representatives. "The United States and the State of Oregon have blessed me with so much," she says, "I would like to give it back through public service."

She believes her corporate background will help her participate in conversations regarding our economy. The economic climate in Oregon is a particularly compelling factor for Saba’s candidacy – they have the 4th highest unemployment rate in the country.

Growing up in Pakistan gives Saba a unique vantage point into foreign policy. Saba observes that there are few members of Congress who have lived in the Middle East. Without adequate cultural understanding, Saba challenges whether Congress can authentically put forth policy affecting Muslims, Pakistan, and the Middle East. She strongly believes she can help "bridge gaps between the East and West" and contribute to current foreign policy. While Saba appreciates "decisions that are well-researched, they are not the same as someone who has lived in both countries."



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Nov 14, 2011 01:00am News Beaverton Muslim woman who ran for Congress switches to Republican Party  Article RBH 

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