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Hill Climbers: Staffer Works for Social Justice

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Fayzan Gowani, assistant to the chief of staff for Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), enjoys working on issues affecting poverty and women’s empowerment.

Despite being the first Congressional office she has worked in, Gowani thinks it’s a good fit.

“I love his values and what he stands for,” she said of Honda, who supports comprehensive immigration reform and maintaining good relations with the American Muslim community.

Although she doesn’t plan on working in politics forever, she’s keeping a few things in mind while she’s here.

“We can get caught up in wearing a suit every day and looking sharp and forgetting that there are people who will never own a suit in this country,” she said. “We need more people who remember that.”

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