Najia Hamid is the Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Elderly Association. Najia was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan where she acquired a B.A. at the Industrial Management Institute. Her family moved to the United States more than 25 years ago. Her career has focused on organizing people and resources to meet community needs.
In Fremont, Najia joined the Afghan Women’s Association International Board of Directors in 1993, and founded the Rabia Balkhi High School Teachers & Association in 1997 and the Afghan Advisory & Guidance Council in 1998.
She founded the Afghan Elderly Association in Fremont in 1995 because of extreme isolation and challenges experienced by Afghan seniors in East Bay. For her work, she was honored by State Senator Liz Figueroa, Congressman Pete Stark, and Assemblyman John Dutra as Woman of the Year for outstanding service and dedication to the people of the State of California in 2004.