PlacementRep. Hank Johnson
Abibat Rahman-Davies is a Nigerian American who was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated with her bachelors degree in political science with a concentration in global politics and a minor in French from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo and her masters in Global Studies at the University of California Berkeley. From an early age she has had a strong interest in politics and a strong calling to want to make the world a better and more equitable place. Having witnessed many injustices in her life and the world around her, she sought different opportunities to better the lives of the disenfranchised. She researched reproductive issues for the Feminist Majority Foundation and policy for the US Agency for International Development. She researched the effect that artificial intelligence has on consent, social dynamics, power relations and labor and had a paper published called “The revolution will not be supervised: Consent and open secrets in data science” in the journal Big Data and Society. She also conducted advocacy on voting rights, civil rights and democracy as a Humanity In Action John Lewis fellow in Atlanta, Georgia.
Most recently she was a lobbyist at the Friends Committee on National Legislation where she worked on economic justice issues around tax and reparations. Throughout her career, she has seen the big impact that gaps in technology and transportation have had on the issues that affect underserved communities. Through her work with congressional staffers, she has built relationships that have given her a greater appreciation for the systems needed to create change and build political power. She came to capitol hill through the fellowship because she aspired to not only be at the table but enact the change necessary for equity.
In the years to come, she plans to use the policy, leadership and advocacy skills that the CBCF fellowship provides her to continue to fight for disenfranchised groups. She plans to work globally to help the whole African Diaspora. As a former collegiate athlete she hopes to be a track coach and a professor so that she can help prepare the next generation of leaders.