AJ Durani

Professor, Political Science
Director, Local Elections in America Project

AJ Durrani is a Houston-area political grassroots community organizer and Co-Chair of eMgage-USA (formerly EmergeUSA) (a 501 c 3, 501 c 4, and PAC), national organization established in 2009 that empowers and trains its constituents in under-represented MASA (Muslim, Arab, South Asian) communities in TX, FL, MI, PA, NY, VA to be engaged and active citizens via direct grassroots involvement in the American political spectrum. He is also the Chairman of eMgage-TX Board.
AJ was elected to the Democratic National Committee as a Super Delegate for the 2016-2020 term. He is the first Asian or Muslim elected to the DNC from Texas. 

He is a Board member of the Islamic Education Institute of Texas (IEIT) -- a non-profit 501 c 3 education entity that has been in operation since 1992 and currently operates six fulltime private Islamic schools in the Houston area. Within IEIT, he is Chairman of ILM Academy Advisory Panel. IEIT is a subsidiary of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) in which Mr. Durrani held Board positions for over 10 years.

A Petroleum Engineer by education and training, he retired from a management positon in Shell Oil Company after 34 years of service.

What areas of expertise do you bring to this project (what areas do you serve?)
Grassroots organizing in all aspects of Civic Engagement in the Asian American and Muslim communities in the greater Houston area.

What does “Houston in Action” mean to you?
A collaborative of cooperating non-profits who although focusing on different missions have a common vision of empowerment for all communities.

What do you like most about Houston and its diverse tapestry of communities?
A dynamic city that empowers each person to their maximum potential regardless of their background.

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