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Rebeka Islam (Bangladeshi American, Macomb County)

Vice Chair

Rebeka Islam emigrated from Bangladesh to the United States when she was 5 years old. After moving to the US, her family settled down in Hamtramck, a tiny city located on the outskirts of Detroit.

Growing up in a community consisting mostly of immigrants, Rebeka experienced first-hand how lack of opportunities and awareness, coupled with indifference and unresponsiveness from civic leaders was leaving her community behind.

The experience nurtured a strong desire to create positive change for immigrants and minority populations through community service. She has been doing this ever since.

She has worked relentlessly on behalf of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) issues related to language access, immigrant rights, civil rights, economic empowerment, housing, public health, and voting rights.

For the past decade, Rebeka has worked with the Asian Pacific Islander American Vote MI (APIA VOTE- MI), starting as a youth intern and working her way up the ranks as the current Executive Director.

Under her leadership, the organization helped get a record number of AAPI residents to register and vote in the historic 2020 elections. In the past year alone she has not only helped get AAPIs to the polls, but she has rallied against aggressive voter suppression efforts, and ensured that immigrant communities had access to voting resources in multiple translated languages