Khadija Hansia, Program and Facilities Director at Islamic Center of Mill Valley, will be talking about her Islamic faith journey and how being Muslim shaped who she is today. She will talk about growing up Muslim in Marin, especially post 9/11, and how she has constantly had to defend her peaceful religion. Khadija was proactive in advocating for true Islam after Islamophobic incidents and will talk about the support Muslims have received in the Bay Area, but also the fear that has paralyzed the community especially after the elections.
Khadija Hansia was born in San Francisco with her twin brother and was raised in Mill Valley. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2010 and works full time at NanaWall Systems. Khadija serves on the board of the Marin Interfaith Council and is the Programs and Facilities Director of Islamic Center of Mill Valley. Khadija has recently represented Muslims in the District and gave speeches at Congressman Jared Huffman's Inauguration Interfaith Gathering, the "Marin is Rising" rally in San Rafael, the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees at the Legion of Honor, and others, including in places of worship.
Khadija is active in her community and volunteers with various organizations such as American Red Cross, 10,000 Degrees, Bridge the Gap and St. Vincent de Paul. She loves to bake in her free time and has three adorable cats: Coconut, Brownie and Bunny.