Farha Ahmed sees opportunity for the City of Sugar Land to be a City of Innovation, a SMART Tech City, ready for the future. Her extensive involvement in Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Women’s shelters, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Fort Bend Historical Commission, and Fort Bend Interfaith Council continues.
Prior to running for Sugar Land City Council, Farha Ahmed was a member of the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission, reappointed by 2 Mayors and served for 4 years. She served on the City’s bond committee and 2020 Vision taskforce.
Farha served on the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and First Colony Community HOA boards and recently on the Constable’s citizen advisory group.
Farha is a practicing attorney for more than 20 years in the area of business and probate. She owns her own lawfirm in Sugar Land and served as General Counsel-CCO for a technology fund.
Farha earned a BA degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems Management from Houston Baptist University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law-Houston. She and husband of 32 years, have lived in Sugar Land since 1989 and raised two children who graduated from FBISD schools.
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Farha’s community activities have an impact far beyond the Sugar Land area. She is an alumni of the prestigious Texas Lyceum, a non-partisan think tank for future Texas leaders. She formerly served on the board of Asians Against Domestic Violence, a Texas nonprofit. Farha still counsels domestic violence victims on a pro bono basis through her private practice and has volunteered with organizations like Fort Bend Lawyer’s Care, a nonprofit that provides free legal assistant to the indigent. She has also volunteered for Catholic Charities representing unaccompanied children who seek asylum.
Farha is very active in Fort Bend County where she has served as a foreman on the Fort Bend Grand Jury, a former volunteer with Fort Bend Cares, Fort Bend County Judge Advisory Committee, in 2001, she as the only attorney invited to the White House by President G.W. Bush to discuss US-Pakistan relations after 9/11 and is a graduate of Fort Bend Chamber Nonprofit Leadership and the Fort Bend Chamber Leadership forum in 2012; member of the Fort Bend Bar Association and a founding member of the Fort Bend Voters League. In 2011, She was selected to participate in Rice University’s study on diversity and leadership led by Dr. S. Klineberg. In 2000 she served as foreman of the Fort Bend Grand Jury. She is now involved in bi-partisan programs including a founding member of the Fort Bend Voters League, making sure candidates have access to all local voters. She is now a candidate for Sugar Land city council.
In 2018 she was recognized by EMGAGE for her efforts to bring minorities and women in to the political process. In 2006, Farha was recognized by the City of Houston for a community service and community leader award. She has been recently appointed to KP George Community engagement cmte and to the Fort Bend Historical Commission.
Since she has been an atty she has donated her legal services to Pakistani and Indian Women who are victims of abuse, giving them free consultation and helping get immigrant visas to get away from their abuser. In many cases, she helped the women file charges against their abuser.
Over the years She has been invited to many Indian and Pakistani radio shows and events to speak about protecting women and children from abuse.
She was asked to become part of the Asian advisory council for the Houston Area Women’s center to help women who speak Urdu get the help and support when it was difficult for them to speak English and communicate.
Farha was also selected to work with Houston Police Dept in the 90’s in their first South Asian community outreach program. Setting up events at Pakistani restaurants with Police cadets and facilitating dialogue between citizens and the police. It was very successful.
Farha has spoken with many law enforcement agencies about the Muslim community in order to improve understanding between Muslim citizens and the police department. She is now a certified Community expert with the Department of Justice and has been asked many times to present and speak before law enforcement officers about community concerns and improve better understanding.
In 1994, she was the first south Asian woman to serve on the Asian American Coalition board of directors. AAC was a nonprofit that focused on Asians engaging with the government and elected leaders.
In 1989, she was appointed by PAGH president Dr. Aftab Ahmed to serve on the board of directors and provide guidance. She also served as legal counsel for PAGH under the presidency of Ashraf Abbasi.
She also served as legal counsel and on the advisory council of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce for many years.
She is also started the Muslim Women’s Giving Circle of Fort Bend that raised funds for local charities just using whatsapp texting during Ramadan. They have raised almost $10k with funds going to fb child advocates, fb women’s center, An nisa hope center.