As a consultant, Zahida Pirani works to build the capacity of social justice organizations through executive coaching, training design and implementation, strategic planning, and campaign design and development.
As an organizer, Zahida has worked on issues promoting immigrants’ rights, workers’ rights, education reform, and civic engagement. She is the former director of the New York Civic Participation Project (NYCPP, a project of La Fuente, Inc.), a labor-community partnership that organizes and develops grassroots leadership in working class communities of color throughout New York City. Prior to joining NYCPP, Zahida worked with several organizations in the South Asian and Muslim communities in New York City to challenge civil rights violations after 9/11.
Zahida is also an independent filmmaker and recently produced and directed the documentary short, Judith: Portrait of a Street Vendor. The film premiered at the Queens Museum of Art in 2011. Zahida completed the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University in 2010.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research.