Wida has long standing experience in non-profit leadership, policy advocacy, youth development, social justice, immigrant rights, and coalition building. She currently oversees Global Kids, an organization that inspires, activates, and trains youth from underserved communities to become local and global leaders.
In the past, Wida has served as the Immigrant Rights Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), advocating for immigrant women inclusive national immigration policy reform. As Brooklyn Borough Manager for the Smoke Free NYC Coalition, she helped advance policies that made tangible improvements in public health. Earlier in her career, Wida led the growth and success of programs at South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), a community-based youth development organization.
Wida was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She spent part of her early years in India and Germany as a refugee before immigrating to the US as a teen. She’s lived in California and New York but now calls the Washington, D.C. area home.