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Born in Dallas, Texas to a middle-class American Muslim family, Varisha received her BA degree from the University of Washington in Communication⏤Journalism and Political Science. She is a returning Redmond resident, having moved to the city with her parents as a child and now with her husband in the newly-developing Marymoor neighborhood. From playing little league softball at Hartman Park, to commuting on the 542 bus to attend the UW, Varisha is proud to call Redmond home.
During the 2016 presidential cycle, Varisha was elected to serve as one of the youngest Presidential Electors in the historic Electoral College to represent voters from WA State’s 1st Congressional District. Varisha has worked at numerous nonprofit organizations in King County where she focused her work on making media and government more representative and inclusive. Most recently, Varisha worked as a Political Action Committee (PAC) Director of OneAmerica Votes.
As a journalist with the Seattle Globalist and other local publications, she developed a journalistic beat on issues pertaining to race, immigrants and communities of color in the greater-Seattle area. While a student at the UW, she helped establish the Middle Eastern Student Commission of ASUW (the Associated Students of the University of Washington) and served as the founding Director.
She enjoys snowboarding, barbecuing and traveling with her husband, Yassir.