I was born to the wonderful people in this photo, Janice and Mahmood. My maternal grandparents, Gwen and Don Nebelung moved to Saint Anthony Village, building a home in 1967. My father emigrated to Minnesota in 1979, after meeting my mother on a flight to Egypt. I was raised in a multicultural, multi faith family, attending both Faith Methodist Church in Saint Anthony, as well as the Islamic Center of Minnesota in Fridley. I am fluent in Urdu thanks to my dad insisting I learn the language at a young age. I am the oldest of three siblings. Like myself, my brothers Junaid and Cole graduated from Saint Anthony High School. After high school, I attended Hamline University, where I majored in Communication Studies and minored in management and religion. I went on to earn my Master of Arts from Metropolitan State, and decided to complete my education by attending law school at Mitchell Hamline.
I currently work as a prosecutor for the City of Saint Paul, assigned to crimes against person/domestic violence division. My job involves reviewing police reports, speaking to victims, and working with defense attorneys to resolve cases in a manner that addresses both victim needs and identifies and provides programming to help reduce recidivism. I see the need for criminal justice reform, and I am proud to be part of an office offering programs such as restorative justice circles for minor crimes that began as an noise complaint between neighbors, and ultimately lead to an understanding and blossoming friendship. The neighbors learned they were both veterans of different wars, and decided rather than a citation, they would move forward respectfully. The "sentence" determined by the parties after the restorative justice circle was that they agreed to play a game of chess.
In addition to my career as a prosecutor, I have represented clients in family law, bankruptcy, and my personal favorite, estate planning. I have had my real estate license since 2006, and I keep an eye on the low inventory and rising cost of houses in The Village. Finally, I spent many years coaching volleyball. I was the proud head coach of Armstrong High School from 2011-2019. Most recently, I coached a youth volleyball clinic at the Saint Anthony Community Center, where my daughter Lylah and several other Wilshire Park girls participated. Lylah is the joy of my life, and I believe it is really important for her to see women in leadership. That is why I am running for Saint Anthony VIllage City Council, and I hope to earn your vote.
Community done right, watch this heartwarming exchange from 2020.
People will forget the words you say, they will forget they way you look,
but they will remember how you made them feel!