Maha Ibrahim comes to ERA with seven years of professional community organizing and policy-framing experience as an East Bay political staffer. A 2006 graduate of UC Berkeley, Maha served as a staff member in the offices of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (2006-2009) and former State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (2009-2012) before entering UCLA Law. A graduate of UCLA’s Epstein Public Interest Law Program and a student in the law school’s Critical Race Studies program, Maha brings her experience in hands-on community relations and training as a public interest lawyer through the lens of Critical Race Theory to her work as a Staff Attorney at ERA. Maha is a proud product of the California Community College System. She attended Riverside Community College from 2002-2004, and served as the district’s student trustee from 2003-2004. Additionally, Maha is a graduate of the Mills College Institute for Civic Leadership (2006 cohort).
During law school Maha served as a summer law clerk for the labor and employment firm Leonard Carder, LLP, in their Oakland and San Francisco offices for both her 1L and 2L summers. While in Los Angeles, Maha was a founding board member and co-director of the UCLA Law Women, an executive board member of the Journal for Islamic and Near Eastern Law, and a two-term executive board member of UCLA Law’s 40+-year-old student-founded and student-coordinated network of volunteer legal aid clinics, El Centro Legal. Maha is active in numerous East Bay community organizations and has served as a former commissioner on the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women as well as board member to various bay area women’s political groups.
Maha is an ardent devotee of the importance of mentorships, both as a mentor and a fortunate mentee of amazing women and girls and some outstanding men.