Why I’m Running…
‘Our community is changing rapidly. Rising housing costs, increasing debts, and jobs that don’t pay a living wage; it’s clear these changes are hurting people, and my fight is for them. It is time for one of us to fight for all of us.”
- Aisha Wahab
Aisha Wahab is a community leader committed to ensuring equal access to opportunity. She was the first Afghan-American woman to be elected to public office in the United States after receiving the highest number of votes to become a member of the Hayward City Council. She has served as an advocate for seniors, immigrant communities and women. Her leadership in the nonprofit and international relations community includes addressing issues such as affordable housing, civic engagement, education and access to opportunity. Her professional experience as a businesswoman in the tech industry includes overseeing contracts with many technology companies including Amazon, Adobe, and Microsoft.
Before she could tie her own shoes, Aisha was placed in foster care after her parents passed away. She was born in New York City and grew up in the Bay Area. Her experience as a foster child led to a deep understanding of the challenges and struggle for opportunity that many face and drove her commitment to community service as an adult. Aisha and her sister were adopted together by a young self-employed couple who taught them the value of hard work, perseverance, and a strong sense of pride as an American with great respect for their Afghan heritage.
Aisha has served as the Alameda County Chair of the Human Relations Commission and served as a Board Member for the non-profit Afghan Coalition, Abode Services, and Tri-City Volunteers. Aisha has served as a Community Organizer to ensure housing for low and extremely low-income individuals, provide seniors with programs to help them remain active, educate immigrants to become more civically engaged, and support women. She also previously served on the Alameda County Public Health Commission. Aisha has organized around these issues and others including education, protecting the environment, encouraging civic engagement, and women's rights. She also served as an Organizer and Speaker at the Women’s March Bay Area San Jose.
Aisha’s community work has received national and local recognition. San Francisco Business Times named her among the 2017 “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business”. Her work has also been highlighted in San Francisco Magazine and was featured on KQED’s “Forum”. She was honored by Senator Bob Wieckowski with the Unity Award in 2016. Assemblyman Bill Quirk named her “Woman of the Year” in 2019. CSU East Bay named her among their 40 Under 40 in 2018 and she received recognition as the “Inspirational Woman of the Year” by Assemblyman Kansen Chu in 2016. Aisha was also previously selected to be a part of the White House Roundtable of Afghan American Leaders.
Aisha received her Masters in Business Administration from California State University — East Bay in Hayward, and has her B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University. She lives in Hayward.
Abode Services - Board Member
Tri-City Volunteers - Board Member
Hayward Democratic Club
Hayward Chamber of Commerce
Women's March Bay Area
The Hayward Collective
United Democratic Campaign - Executive Director
CSUEB - Diversity Center
Alameda County Human Relations - Chair
Alameda County Public Health - Commissioner
Alameda County Democratic Central Committee
2016 Unity Award by California State Senator Bob Wieckowski
2017's Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business
2018 CSUEB 40 Under 40