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February 23, 2018

Candidate Profile: Sameena Mustafa


A native of Illinois, Sameena was born to Indian Muslim immigrant parents and grew up in the Edgebrook neighborhood of Chicago. Her father worked as an engineer at O’Hare, and her mother as a pediatrician at the Uptown Board of Health Clinic. Sameena is a graduate from Northwestern University. Following graduation, she managed a Planned Parenthood clinic, giving her direct healthcare experience. She has also worked in real estate as a tenant advocate for small businesses and community nonprofits serving women, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ, and sexual assault survivors.

Some of the organizations she has represented and advocated for include:

  • Upwardly Global
  • Instituto del Progreso Latino
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
  • Rape Victim Advocates
  • Chicago Women’s Health Center
  • Chicago Foundation for Women.

Platforms: Medicare for all, Economic Justice, Humane immigration reform, fair elections and campaign finance reform, gun control and criminal justice reform, preserving natural resources and the environment, protecting net neutrality.