Nabila Mansoor

Census Director

Nabila Mansoor has spent the last several years working to improve political awareness in underrepresented communities. She is currently leading ECI’s (Empowering Communities Initiative) 2020 Census initiative to ensure a full count of Houston’s AAPI population. She is the prior Executive Director at Emgage, a civic engagement organization committed to politically engaging Houston’s Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities. Nabila helps lead the Houston Chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a women’s group working to build bridges and fight hate through a sisterhood of Muslim and Jewish women. She also sits on the Board of Women’s Interfaith Table of Houston, an interfaith group formed to foster understanding and relationships among women of diverse faith backgrounds. She holds a law degree from University of Houston Law Center.

Areas of Expertise:
Much of my professional and personal life has been committed to activating citizenship across differing groups of people. My background in community organizing, leadership development and strategic planning are skills I hope to bring to this collaborative.

Houston in Action means to me:
The opportunity to transform the systems that influence civic participation by setting the stage so those not civically inclined feel their participation is meaningful, has direct impact, and is not too burdensome. I am excited to work on a collaborative that works to initiate strategies and processes that demonstrate the powerful impact participation has to improve lives.
 
What I like the most about Houston and its diversity:
Houston has exceptional diversity and an open spirit of inclusiveness. As a newcomer once myself, I know it is possible to find your niche here. The opportunity of working, living and learning in Houston makes evident the willingness of people to come together and work to make this a better place.

Regardless of social identity, people should have equal opportunities to participate in, and have a meaningful impact, on civic life.