Chair of the Democratic Party in Tenafly, New Jersey
Shama Haider is the Development Director of Arts Horizons, where she designs and implements fundraising programs. Arts Horizons is a non-profit arts education organization that serves over 300,000 children in the tri-state area. Shama is also a community leader, having been elected to the governing body of her town as a councilwoman. She has run for mayor and is now serving as chair of the Democratic Party in Tenafly. She serves on the Bergen County (New Jersey) Commission on the Status of Women, Bergen County Human Services Advisory Council, and is chairman of the Tenafly Business Development Committee. She is a Trustee of LRBT America, a non-profit that raises funds to fight blindness and provide free medical services to the poor. Shama has published an Urdu newspaper, Musawaat, to serve the immigrant Pakistani community and continues to actively support community activities. She has spoken on Islam, particularly in relation to current events, at the invitation of organizations such as the League of Women Voters and the Bergen County, New Jersey chapter of the National Council on Jewish Women. Prior to emigrating to the US, she was secretary to the first lady of Pakistan, where she was responsible for the implementation and execution of policy for the office of the first lady at the national and international levels. Born and educated in Lahore, Pakistan, Shama has a BS in Biology.