Candidate for District 2
Saadia Athias graduated magna cum laude from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 2005, and received a master’s degree in public administration in 2008. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Saadia has lived in Southwest DC since 1979. She has one daughter.
Saadia has remained actively engaged as the elected second district representative for SWNA since 2009. She is dedicated to the mission of the non-profit organization, which is “to help create rich and equal social, educational, and economic opportunities for residents of Southwest.”
Saadia is a resilient support teacher at local elementary schools for DCPS, and is also semi-retired as a federal emergency response official. She implements year-round programs for arts and crafts at local recreation centers and after school programs. Other areas of support include her role as a Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) representative, alongside the Metropolitan Police Department, and her position as co-organizer of Southwest Safety Walkers in 2009. Saadia also serves as outreach coordinator for Southwest Emergency Preparedness Task Force (SWEPT), vice president for the Southwest Arts Fest (2012 and 2013), and local photographer for The Southwester. Other accomplishments include launching the re-birth of Lansburgh Park (2009) and the revitalization of the Randall Recreation Center (2009).
Saadia’s future aspirations include working alongside non-profit organizations to implement vocational programs for summer and year-round jobs.