Ms. Hala Hijazi, an appointed Commissioner serving on San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission, is a Public Policy Leader with 20 years of public service, government, business, and social entrepreneurship experience collaborating with and representing high-level government, Fortune 500 companies, and diverse constituency stakeholders in highly charged and sensitive environments addressing complex policy issues, delivering infrastructure, housing, economic and political solutions, and advancing human and civil rights.
Hala has dedicated her life to public service and fighting for marginalized communities. Whether as a long-time public servant at the City and County of San Francisco or now as a small business owner leading a government affairs consultancy, Hala is a champion for inclusive and sustainable development. Hala serves as a strategic advisor for large-scale infrastructure and housing developments projects in California that have led to the entitlement of over 20,000 residential units with a high percentage of affordable units.
Hala began her career in public service as Special Assistant to 2-term former Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. and went on to serve as Deputy Director of Marketing, Project Director, and Project Manager in several City departments, including in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and as a Manager in the Infrastructure and Labor Division.
Hala has dedicated herself to supporting women in public office, serving on the Board of Directors of Emerge America and Emerge California and now on the NARAL Pro-Choice California Privacy PAC.
Hala’s experiences as an immigrant and a Muslim woman led her to address bias, stereotypes, racism, and xenophobia after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. Hala formed and continues to manage the Professionals VIP Network, an educational forum, to address the lack of racial and cultural diversity and representation in both business and civic sectors including the lack of voter participation by engaging citizens and public leaders in civic dialogue and calling them to action on key legislative philanthropic initiatives.
Hala has been instrumental in mobilizing resources, outreach efforts, and GOTV across California and the nation, including serving on the National Finance Committees and Leadership Councils for President Obama, President Biden, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, and many other local, state, and federal public officials.
A trusted and an effective philanthropic and civic advocate, Hala has raised over $2,000,000 for causes.
For her public service and social entrepreneurship, Hala was honored by the League of Women Voters, San Francisco Chapter as a “Rising Star”, presented with Commendations by the City and County of San Francisco, featured by KTVU Channel 2 News, and interviewed by the NY Times and the SF Chronicle, and led the San Francisco Women’s March in 2019.
Hala has extensive experience serving in diverse leadership roles to connect marginalized communities with elected officials and policymakers:
- Commissioner, Human Rights Commission, City & County of San Francisco
- Board of Directors, San Francisco Interfaith Council
- Board of Directors, NARAL Pro-Choice California Privacy PAC
- Co-Director, SF Chapter, Truman National Security Project
- Member, Leadership Circle, Foreign Policy for America
- Chair, San Francisco’s Police Chief Muslim Advisory Committee
- Appointee, AD-19 Delegate to the California Democratic Party
- Appointee, District 2, SF County Transportation Citizens Advisory Commission
- Board of Directors, Emerge America & Emerge California
- Board of Directors, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation