Originally from Baghdad, Iraq, Zahraa Saheb moved to the United States with her family in 2008 as a refugee escaping war, political persecution, and terror. In 2018, she graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a degree in Political Science with a Global emphasis, and a degree in English with a Writing concentration. She is a graduate student at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), pursing a Master’s in Global Risk. Most recently, Zahraa’s passion for service and advocacy brought her to Washington, DC, where she currently serves as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33). In that role, she handles a diverse portfolio of policies, including voting rights, criminal justice, appropriations, consumer protection, financial services, small business, gun violence prevention, human rights, and other issues. Emboldened by her own experiences as a refugee and a Muslim woman of color, and the global challenges of politics and the inequalities we seek to rectify, Zahraa’s lifetime mission is to help dismantle inhumane systems, laws, and policies of oppression on a local, federal, and global scale.