Fahad has over 22 years of youth development, public policy, organization leadership, fund development, strategy and program design experience. He is the son of immigrants from Pakistan and a long time Bay Area resident, and is committed to addressing forms of inequity that communities of color experience everyday. Fahad has expertise in creating policy solutions in partnership with community members, elected officials and philanthropic leaders across the region. He has led incredible collaborative efforts that span intersecting issues that include health equity, financial and economic justice, transportation justice and education reform. He has led the design and implementation of nationally recognized youth leadership programs and is also an expert trainer/facilitator building the capacity of community-led coalitions across the country.
Fahad has a longstanding relationship of over 15 years at yli, spanning from his time as a program participant in tobacco prevention efforts to serving as a regional director supporting the Bay Area offices. Through this trajectory shift at yli, he has been at all levels of the staffing experience, which he leverages in his current role as Chief Program Officer.
Prior to rejoining yli in 2022, Fahad served as the Senior Director of Strategy at MyPath – the national nonprofit seeding youth economic opportunity. With MyPath, he led efforts to scale programs that integrate financial capability into emerging guaranteed income projects and other special projects, leading policy and advocacy efforts and supporting the organization’s youth development model and leadership work.
Fahad has a B.A. from San Francisco State University in political science and is a 2016 Urban Habitat Board and Commissions Leadership Institute graduate. He is deeply committed to amplifying youth voice, community power and the ability to change community conditions.