Hafizah joined Living Cities in July 2016 after three and a half years supporting the Director of D5 Coalition, a 5-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy.

She also supported a network of young nonprofit professionals as the Network Engagement Associate for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) after being a Launchpad fellow with the network’s national office.

In Chicago, Hafizah organized with Somos Logan Square and Grassroots Illinois Action-Humboldt Park, grassroots community organizations focusing on organizing tenants facing illegal evictions, advocating for affordable housing and building political power in the neighborhood.

Prior to that, Hafizah spent a year teaching in Guyana. In the past, she had worked at the Center for Public Policy Studies as well as the Center for Independent Journalism in Malaysia, where she did research on governance, civil liberties violations, and media freedom in Malaysia.

Hafizah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Comparative Literature (French and English).