Saima Anjam is an experienced organizer and advocate who has shaped policies in New York to protect the state’s most vulnerable residents.
As Senior Director of Advocacy for the New York Immigration Coalition, Saima helped direct advocacy campaigns in support of driver license equity and in support of expanding funding for legal services and access to health care. Prior to joining the NYIC, she served as Director of Public Policy for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she managed statewide lobbying efforts that passed critical legislation to end child marriage, protect the rights to access emergency assistance, expand access to WIC and critical funding streams, and improve reporting of abuse, among other accomplishments.
Saima also spent a decade shaping environmental policy at two of New York’s leading environmental organizations: Environmental Advocates of New York and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). At EA, she oversaw the group’s environmental health work and led the group’s efforts to reduce the impacts of toxic chemicals and solid waste on the health of all New Yorkers. At NYPIRG, she oversaw campus and community organizing efforts on Long Island and in Queens.
She has given back to the community through her service on the boards of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, and American Muslim Health Professionals. She also taught English as a Second Language for Literacy at New York’s Office of New Americans.