Zohaib "Zo" Qadri

Zohaib "Zo" Qadri

Austin City Council, District 9, TX

The firstborn child of immigrants, Zohaib (Zo) moved to Texas at the age of 12 with his parents and two younger sisters-- a younger brother was born 5 years later. Upon moving to Victoria, Zo immediately fell in love with the state of Texas and has considered it his true home ever since.

Since finishing his graduate studies, Zo’s worked in advocacy roles and on political campaigns here in Austin, throughout Texas, and across the country. He began his public service-oriented work with a position on Laura Moser’s campaign for Texas’s 7th Congressional District and worked on Beto O’Rourke’s race, helping to direct political outreach during his run for United States Senate. Zo later merged his academic knowledge with real-world experience in the legislative process during his time as a legislative assistant in the Texas House of Representatives. Zo’s leadership skills and love of coaching others on how to reach diverse voters led him to South Carolina during the 2020 Democratic Primary, where he helped lead Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign as a Regional Organizing Director.

Since coming back to Austin in early 2020 after his work in South Carolina, Zo has taken on a number of projects in his daily work life that range from advising activist groups and advocacy campaigns on how best to utilize technology to achieve their goals, to building strategic alliances to accomplish tangible results for progressive campaigns and issue-oriented organizations.