Zahirah joined the Foundation in 2017, bringing over 14 years of nonprofit and systems experience in Los Angeles County, most recently as a program officer at the Annenberg Foundation, managing a wide portfolio of grants throughout Southern California, and at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, leading a collaborative of private and public funders. Before entering philanthropy, Zahirah was a public interest attorney representing and advising nonprofits, coalitions, and governmental entities on issues such as board governance, nonprofit formation, education and election law, and land use. She serves as an alternate on the California Coastal Commission and a director on the board of CDTech; Zahirah was previously on the board of Communities for a Better Environment. Zahirah received her J.D. cum laude from Tulane Law School and her A.B. from Vassar College.