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.
While still residing in Afghanistan, she worked in administrative functions for several international forums such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) from 1975-1989 (14 years).
In 1989, she moved to Pakistan and worked again for the USAID and the UN office in Peshawar. Najia and her family migrated to the United States over 25 years ago. She founded the AEA in 1995 due to the extreme isolation and challenges experienced by Afghan seniors in East Bay. In 2004, 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.