Councilmember Shahana Hanif is the Council Member for Brooklyn’s 39th District. She was born and raised in Kensington, Brooklyn, and is the daughter of Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants. She is a product of public schools having attended P.S. 230 and Brooklyn College, an activist, community organizer, and public servant. Most recently she served as the Director of Organizing and Community Engagement in Council Member Brad Lander’s office where she led grassroots initiatives like Participatory Budgeting. Hanif is the first Muslim woman ever elected to the New York City Council and the first woman Council Member for the 39th District. She currently serves as the chair of the Immigration Committee and as one of the two co-chairs of the Progressive Caucus.
As the first and only Muslim Bengali woman to sit on City Council, Hanif has been a fierce advocate for human, immigration, gender, and education rights and policies that would advance all New Yorkers. We are proud to support her for her second run for City Council for District 39.
“During my first campaign, I made mobilizing my district’s Muslim community a centerpiece of my organizing efforts for housing, education, and gender justice. As I run for reelection, I’m thrilled to have the grassroots support of Emgage once again,” said Councilmember Hanif. “I have been proud to work with Emgage to deepen the civic ties between our City’s government and our Muslim leaders, diverse communities, and community organizations. I’m looking forward to continuing this work together and raising the voices and needs of our City’s growing and vibrant Muslim communities.”