Director, Bangladeshis for Biden
Anis Ahmed, a former lawyer of Bangladesh Supreme Court came to the United States on a Fellowship on American and International Law in 1984. Before that, he attended Notre Dame College and Dhaka University, Bangladesh to earn Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Bachelors of Law (LLB Hons) and Masters of Law (LLM) degrees.
He started working with Montgomery County Government, Maryland, USA shortly after obtaining Masters of International Management degree from University of Maryland, USA.
Besides his employment he is engaged with community and political activities.
Maryland Governor Hon. Martin O’Malley appointed Mr. Ahmed as a Commissioner for the Commission on South Asian American Affairs in 2012 for a term of four years. Current Governor Hon. Larry Hogan re-appointed him to serve as Commissioner.
Prior to this position, Mr. Ahmed also served as a Commissioner for the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs from 2008 to 2012.
Mr. Ahmed also served as a member of the “Governmental Access” and “Citizenship” Working Groups of the Maryland Governor’s Council on New Americans. In that capacity he helped writing report on ways to help immigrant population in the state under the leadership Hon. Tom Perez, current National Democratic Party Chairman and who served as US Secretary of Labor under the President Obama’s administration and once a Maryland Secretary of Labor under Governor Martin O’Malley administration, The report helped Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland General Assembly to pass Dream Act in the State of Maryland. Maryland is one of the first state that passed Dream Act.
He organized and managed many national, state and local events for the Asian, South Asians and Muslim Americans and over all Americans. Among all, he organized three very high level events in collaboration with the White House Initiative on Asian Pacific and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). The first was Community Forum on Meet and Greet in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2012, second event was a Community Forum on Immigration in Orlando, Florida in 2013. White House officials attended at the both events. Third event was on Immigration Forum at the North American Bangladesh Convention in New York city in September 2014. Senior Advisors to the White House AAPI, and US Immigration officials attended the event. He moderated all these three events.
Under the leadership of US Senator Chris Van Hollen and Maryland State Senator Hon. Susan Lee, he helped Coalition of Pacific American Democrats (CAPAD) to organize two successful events at the United State Senate building in 2008 and 2012 in commemoration of the Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month celebration. He also moderated two discussion forums at the Maryland State Senate Building that were organized by the Governor’s Office. The forums were on “Anti-Discrimination” and “Prevention of Human Trafficking” issues. He has been organizing Ramadan Iftar Celebrations in Montgomery County, Maryland every year since 2008.
Under the leadership of Senator James Rosapepe, Senator Susan Lee and Delegate Kumar Barve, Mr. Ahmed took initiative for the recognition of the South Asian American Heritage day Celebration. He also participated at the Maryland Senate and House Committee Hearings in support of the bill. A bill recognizing the South Asian American Heritage Day was passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor Larry Hogan in 2015.
Member, Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Council, Maryland Democratic Party (current)
Commissioner, Governor’s Commission on South Asian American Affairs, Maryland (2012-2016)
Commissioner, Governor’s Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs, Maryland (2007-2011)
Chairman and Vice Chairman, District 15 Democratic Caucus, Maryland (2016-2018)
Executive Council Member, District 15 Democratic Caucus, Maryland (2018-Present)
Precinct Chair, District 6-8 of Montgomery County Democratic Party, Maryland. (2010-Present)
Member, International Association of Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA), USA, (2016-Present)
Steering Committee Member, Asian American Health Initiative, Montgomery County, Maryland (2006-Present)
Director, Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats (CAPAD), Maryland
Director, Montgomery County Muslim Council, Maryland (2008-2014)
Anika Rahman is the Deputy Director for Bangladeshis for Biden National Council. She is also a Co-Chair for VA AAPI Biden's Leadership Council. Anika has worked in Virginia politics for over 10 years. She has extensive experience in advocacy, local, state, and national level politics. Her professional journey led her to gain experience with several different communities: Muslim, Hispanic, African American and Asian but most of all understand the issues and needs of the communities. She is also fluent in French, English, Bangla, Hindi, and Urdu.
Anika Rahman graduated from George Mason University with B.A in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development. Her first job involving advocacy work started with the Muslim American Citizens Coalition and Public Affairs Council, which allowed her to facilitate meetings with targeted individuals, stakeholders, congressional staff, government leaders, and organizations to present policy priorities and key issues affecting Muslims in the United States. As she grew more interested in the political field, she learned about the importance of civic engagement, so she became a lead organizer with Casa in Action, helping flip 15 House of Delegates seats for Virginia Democrats and many more. Apart from being involved in rallies and social justice movements, she worked closely with Burma Task Force regarding the Rohingya Genocide through advocacy work by lobbying for Bills to be passed in Congress and Senate.
In 2019, she worked for Virginia’s Majority leader Dick Saslaw to help Democrats in Virginia gain majority in the General Assembly. Right after, she had an amazing experience with State Senator Janet Howell’s campaign as her Campaign Manager and her surrogate on her re-election campaign. She actively works with all the local campaigns and committees. Recently, the Democratic Asian American of Virginia(DAAV) recently awarded her with Unsung-Hero and she now serves on the board of DAAV, as 2nd Vice-Chair. She's also a UVA Sorenson's Political Institute graduate(2020).
Currently, she is the Legislative Director for a State Representative. Anika Rahman believes in creating change through empathy. Especially as a Muslim she believes it's her responsibility to help the community and utilize her platform and privilege to improve conditions locally and globally.
Bangladeshis for Biden
The Bangladeshis for Biden National Council Team Leaders, includes:
Shahid Khan Chowdhury
Salim M Hossain
Dr. Adel Miah
Amirul Islam Bappi
Shah Huda Humayun
Zia Uddin Ahmed
Mohammed Shah Jalal
Asif Rahman Mukit
Farook a Hossain
Atiqur R k Eusufzai
Syed Jubair Ali
Imtiaz Hossain Litu
Shahriar Nur Sourov
Maf Misbah Uddin
Mohammad Karim Chowdhury
Dr. Mujubur Rahman
Syed Tahmeedul Haque
Prof. Monirul Islam
Mohammad M. Chowdhury
Jamilla A. Uddin
Md. Ali Hossain
Dr. Rashid Malik
Mohammed Abdul Zabbar
Uttam K Dey
Mohammad Shahidul Islam
Kazi Matiur Rahman
Kamal Uddin Bhutto
Coordinators: Mohammed Shah Alam
Mohammed Nuruddin Nahed Newaz
Nazmul Hassan Shahin