Fayrouz Saad is an accomplished organizer, advocate, and innovator, a former Obama administration official, who has worked at every level of government to keep our communities safe and to expand opportunities for families in Michigan. Fayrouz learned the value of hard work from her parents, who immigrated to Michigan more than 40 years ago and started a small business in Detroit’s Eastern Market. A proud progressive, Fayrouz learned from her parents that through hard work and determination anyone can achieve the American Dream. Fayrouz is running for Congress to make sure we keep that promise alive for all Michigan families.
A proud graduate of Michigan public schools and the University of Michigan, Fayrouz began her post-college career as a field organizer for the Kerry Campaign working in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. She went on to work for Michigan State Representative Gino Polidori, where she led successful efforts to reform foster care, secure unemployment benefits for military spouses, and banning texting while driving.
In 2008, inspired by Barack Obama’s energy and message, Fayrouz joined a non-profit organization to encourage civic engagement and voter participation. Fayrouz then accepted an appointment in President Obama’s Administration at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she worked to strengthen community policing efforts in the fight against terrorism, protect state and local critical infrastructure, and strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity.
After serving in the Obama Administration and completing her Master’s Degree at Harvard, Fayrouz returned home to Michigan to contribute to Detroit’s much needed revitalization. In 2015, Fayrouz became the first Director of Detroit’s Office of Immigrant Affairs under Mayor Mike Duggan - where she helped immigrants integrate into the city, find jobs and start businesses. Fayrouz also served as the Board Chair for Engage-USA MI – an organization she helped launch that fosters civic and electoral participation within the Muslim-American community.
Fayrouz supports Medicare for All, a $15 federal living wage, and comprehensive immigration reform with long-term protection for DREAMers, and her candidacy is history-making - if elected, Fayrouz would be the first Muslim-American woman ever elected to Congress.