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Hanif Houston is a communications associate for the Children’s Defense Fund - California. Based in the Bay Area, Hanif coordinates media appearances, produces content for CDF-CA’s website, manages its social media platforms, and advises on Legislative communication strategy.
Hanif has dedicated himself to a career in advocacy work for disadvantaged populations. Before joining CDF-CA, Hanif served in the California State Legislature as a press secretary, legislative aide, and policy adviser for the Senate Committees on Education and Labor and Industrial Relations. In 2012, he researched, developed and successfully guided into California law legislation aimed at improving educational outcomes for the state's homeless youth and children in foster care. Hanif has also taught at-risk youth in after-school programs, participated as a panelist at college recruitment events for minority high school students, and written for progressive publications.
Hanif received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where he concentrated on perceptions of race in the turn-of-the-century American novel. Additionally, as a 2011-2012 Capital Fellow at the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, he has researched and written on a broad range of public policy topics, including K-12 education, child-welfare, public safety, revenue and taxation, and transportation.