Mahmoud Mahmoud was born in Cairo, Egypt and immigrated with his brother, sister and parents to the US at the age of 4. Him and his family became naturalized US Citizens a few years later. Mahmoud’s father worked 3 jobs to support his family. His mother worked as a housekeeper in a hotel and at a fast food restaurant mopping floors. Mahmoud’s experience with poverty at a young age gave him the strength to get involved with public service as he got older. Mahmoud grew up in the neighborhood of Parsippany, NJ. Mahmoud was in ESL classes in the first and second grade of middle school. Mahmoud’s experiences as an immigrant and with poverty makes him understand both the immigrant struggle and working with people from all backgrounds.
Mahmoud was the Vice President of the Student Government Association at William Paterson University dealing with a budget of tens of thousands of dollars, as well as the Sophomore class president. Mahmoud graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After being accepted to several law schools, Mahmoud decided to forego law school to attend the Clinton School of Public Service at Arkansas University, where he received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy/Public Service. This opportunity allowed Mahmoud to meet with elected officials, community activists, and leaders from many industries. Mahmoud worked in maximum security prisons and correctional facilities. He worked with youth to keep them in programs and off the streets of tough neighborhoods so that they don’t end up incarcerated in prison.
Mahmoud then lived in Egypt for a few years where he began focusing on issues pertaining to poverty in Egypt. While in Egypt, he taught US history and English at an International School which provided him a high level of respect for teachers. Mahmoud then went on to work at the United Nations in Cairo with individuals fleeing from countries due to conflict and disaster. Mahmoud was responsible for providing decisions for over 1,000 individuals, on whether they were to be expelled from the county or could legally stay.
Mahmoud then moved on to work at refugees camps in Kenya and Somalia with the United Nations to work with the most vulnerable and lowest income individuals on the planet.
Mahmoud returned to New Jersey where he became the Director of an immigration and refugee program based in Jersey City, building the office from the ground up to welcome refugees and immigrants into New Jersey. He saw the struggles in navigating the social security administration, finding jobs, registering for schools, as well as finding safe, affordable and clean housing.
Mahmoud worked as an community organizer in Jersey City and throughout Hudson County focusing on issues of improving education, affordable housing, as well as safety and gun violence. Mahmoud organized over 1,000 tenants and leaders throughout the city to fight predatory landlords who would illegally raise rent and try to forcefully evict tenants. Mahmoud has worked on the ground in some of Jersey City’s toughest neighborhoods to bring jobs, advocate for more community policing, and better quality of education.
Mahmoud was the Regional Director for the Services to the Armed Forces for the American Red Cross. Mahmoud supported active military members, veterans of our military and their family members and has connected with many veterans about their struggles with the VA. Improving the VA is one of Mahmoud’s top priorities. Mahmoud is running because he believes in the equality of all of District 8th’s residents and wants people to prosper irrespective of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, political opinion, gender, or any particular social group.