Young Women Run Atlanta: Speakers


Keynote Speaker: Representative Donna McLeod

Representative Donna McLeod, Georgia Representative for the 105th District, was born in the island of Jamaica. She moved to Georgia in 1998 and became a US citizen in 2012. Through her involvement in many grassroots organizations and her direct interaction with her community, Ms. McLeod has realized that many people remain unaware of the full duties and privileges of citizenship. She is dedicated to educating the electorate on the importance of their roles in society and the power of the VOTE as a vital force in constructively changing our communities and our country. She served as the  Committee Chair for Voter Outreach and Outreach for the Gwinnett County Democratic Party and continues to be an active member of the Gwinnett Democrats. On November 6, 2018 she was elected State Representative for District 105, winning with over 4000 votes. In 2018, she also earned the endorsements of both President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. Read her full bio.

Morning Plenary: Nabilah Islam, Candidate for Congress, Georgia's 7th District

Nabilah Islam is a 30-year-old Bangladeshi community activist and proud progressive running to fix our broken healthcare system, end student debt, and fight for immigrants and working people. The daughter of working-class Muslim immigrants, Nabilah grew up watching her parents live paycheck to paycheck and work long hours to get by. In high school, Nabilah’s mother herniated two discs working in a warehouse—and when the insurance company refused to cover her care, Nabilah helped her family navigate the legal process and force the insurers to pay. A proud graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools, Nabilah’s first jobs were at the Ingles Grocery Store and the Walmart in Lawrenceville. She worked her way through Georgia State University at a luggage store in Peachtree Corners, and after graduation, began working for local progressive candidates in Georgia. Like millions of Americans, Nabilah owes nearly $30,000 in student loans—and like nearly a quarter of her district, she has no health insurance. Nabilah’s running for Congress because she knows, firsthand, that incremental change doesn’t work. Georgia’s 7th needs bold, progressive solutions: Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, and an economy that actually works for working people. 

Call to Action: Audrey Maloof, IGNITE Alumna and Candidate for State House District 83 

Audrey Maloof is a life long resident of DeKalb County, where she was raised by a public educator and a female business owner. Audrey's involvement in government began in the Office of Congressman John Lewis, where she learned how to best serve constituents. Audrey expanded her experience and encountered all sides of government, federal, state, and local, during her time working for a Commission Office in DeKalb County. Audrey is currently focused on protecting Georgia's voters through her work with Fair Fight Action. All of these experiences throughout Audrey's life have built her into someone who is dedicated to preserving the good of this district as well as doing better where we need to.

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