Bushra Amiwala

Country

United States

Known for

Skokie School District 73.5 Commissioner

Dates

Hijri 1419-Present (AH); Common Era 1998-Present (CE)

Bushra Amiwala

Biography

In April 16th, 2019, Bushra Amiwala was sworn into public office, becoming the youngest Muslim elected official in the United States. Amiwala was a 19-year-old college student when she began her campaign to become a county commissioner in Illinois. In April 2nd, 2019, Bushra was elected to the Skokie School Board of Education, making her the youngest female commissioner on the Skokie District 73.5.  

Bushra was named the 2018 Glamour Magazine's College Woman of the Year. She was also awarded an International Peace Ambassador Award from Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL), an organization built under the United Nations. Amiwala is part of the Under 22 Most Inspiring Woman list and Seventeen Magazine's Voice of the Year, also, she is known as Glamour's 2018 College Women of the Year.   

Bushra's platform campaign stressed transparency and accessibility, addressing low income and immigrant families' unsolved needs. 

Before running for office, Amiwala volunteered in many non-profit organizations, such as A Just Harvest Civic & Social Organization based in Chicago, canvassing door to door in hopes to get votes on political reformation to address the issue of re-incarceration. Besides, Amiwala served as a Pro Muslim Rally Student Speaker against Islamophobia, encouraging unity, tolerance, and acceptance. In 2016, Bushra worked as an intern for Mark Kirk's campaign, a Republican Senator. Despite being a Democrat herself, she wanted first to experience how it was like working for a Republican politician.  Bushra graduated from DePaul University with leadership and public speaking experience, mainly geared towards race and equity. She holds a major in Management Information Systems with a double minor in Community Service Studies and Public Policy Studies.