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Special Projects Director

Amna Farooqi (she/her), Hyphen's Special Projects Director, brings a decade of experience in community organizing and building progressive political power. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Organizer with 9to5 Georgia, an economic and racial justice organization for women, working with rural communities across Southwest Georgia to build coalitions, execute campaigns on housing, utilities, voter suppression, food security and more, and train first-time candidates to run for office.


As an undergraduate student, Farooqi was the first Muslim president of J Street U, the national student arm of J Street, and helped develop national and regional anti-occupation campaigns on settlement expansion in Israel/Palestine. She has spent time on the ground in Israel/Palestine with various organizations studying, organizing educational trips and direct actions, and building relationships with local activists. She has also completed internships at The White House and West Wing Writers, and worked on a variety of local and state electoral campaigns. Her passion projects include serving as a co-founder and member of the board of directors of SOWEGA Rising, an organization dedicated to mobilizing people and resources to improve the quality of life of people across Southwest Georgia, and ghostwriting speeches for her friends.


Originally from the D.C. area, Farooqi is a proud Terp and also holds a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and procrastinating on her own writing projects.

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