Maryam Ahmad is running for office because she genuinely cares about her home, DeKalb County, where she was born/raised and has been a community activist since a young age. She went to DeKalb public schools and graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Human Biology, followed by a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Georgia State University. Maryam is a founding member and current board member of House of Globalization, which focuses on the issues of domestic violence and human trafficking. She has supported and led efforts against discriminatory policies and actions. Maryam also has supported countless organizations fighting for the rights of people, such as assisting ICE detainees with legal and other services. She has worked at the DeKalb County Board of Health in refugee clinics and developed plans toward health equity. Maryam is committed to ensure that ALL people and communities are heard and that we work towards health equity of the county. She has a clear understanding that she is a representative of the people and that is who she works for.
Her goal is to have real community inclusion and collaboration by directly canvasing our neighborhoods on affordability and accessibility of community health determinants such as transportation, housing, education, fresh food, greenspace, mental/physical healthcare, clean water, and safety. Representative data creates focus on top priorities for equity and should influence allocation of resources. It also sets up more accountability and transparency for elected officials. In addition, it maintains respect of the very diverse communities throughout DeKalb County. Maryam will help bridge the gap between government and the people they serve.