As a first-generation immigrant from Pakistan who has benefitted from Cambridge’s public school system, public housing, and after school activities, Sumbul is personally indebted to Cambridge’s tremendous resources.
After she graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, the only public high school in Cambridge, Sumbul attended Brown University, where she studied public policy and graduated with honors. Following college, she served as an AmeriCorps fellow at New Profit, a Boston non-profit dedicated to improving social mobility for local families. She then attended Northwestern Law, where she honed her legal skills to more effectively advocate for low income individuals.
Today, she lives in East Cambridge and works as an attorney at Northeast Legal Aid, where she supports low income and the elderly through dedicated one-on-one support.
From establishing an Office of Housing Stability to eliminating structural barriers for local businesses, Sumbul has many ideas about how to contribute to policy-making and community-building in Cambridge. More importantly, she has experience working in the service of others. She has earned the trust of my clients— low-income entrepreneurs, families, and students from all over Greater Boston—and has experience expertly navigating municipal and federal systems on their behalf. She can be a bridge between residents and City Hall in Cambridge, too.
As a Muslim woman of color, there is no time more urgent than now to further serve the community she loves and help set an example of meaningful, people-first policy for other local governments to follow.