My name is Sumbul Siddiqui, and I am running for Cambridge City Council. Let me tell you a little bit about why.
When my family immigrated to the United States in the 1990s from Pakistan, we were lucky to make Cambridge our home. We were selected by random lottery to enter into the Cambridge affordable housing system, which placed us over time in two of Cambridge's densest developments, Rindge Towers in North Cambridge and Roosevelt Towers in East Cambridge. Throughout my childhood, I attended Cambridge Public Schools, graduating from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School where I was student body president, and co-founded the Cambridge Youth Council in 2002, a civic engagement group, that still exists 16 years later and continues to support youth-led initiatives.
My desire to examine how public programs such as Headstart and public housing shaped my life led me to study public policy at Brown University. After college, I pursued an AmeriCorps fellowship serving at New Profit, an organization dedicated to improving opportunities for children, families, and their communities. I then graduated from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
I am now a legal aid attorney at a non-profit providing legal representation to low-income entrepreneurs and small-business owners. I remain involved in the Cambridge community as a Cambridge School Volunteers Board Member, a Commissioner on the Cambridge Human Services Commission, and a board member of the CRLS Alumni Association. I am also an active board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston.
I am a committed public servant. My passion, leadership skills, legal expertise, and background as a Cambridge native make me a unique and necessary voice in Cambridge politics. I believe that together, we can make a difference in the Cambridge community. At a time of national uncertainty, I am certain we can do great work together here in Cambridge to ensure the continued success, security, diversity, and advancement of our community. Now, more than ever, I know we must.
In the coming weeks and months, I will be reaching out to residents and holding and attending events throughout Cambridge. Please feel free to reach out to me on this site and at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am excited to working together to shape the future of our beautiful city together.