Faisal Qazi and Nick Anas Win “40 Under 40″ Leadership Awards

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Faisal Qazi with Loretta Sanchez, Jay Chen and others

Faisal Qazi, center, on a panel at a CAIR-PAC function last fall with Michigan Congressional candidate Syed Taj and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (at left) and CAIR Los Angeles Executive Director Hussam Ayloush and Congressional candidate Jay Chen (at right.)

I don’t know much about the New Leaders Council, which since 2008 has sponsored national “40 Under 40 Leadership Awards” (see here for this year’s winners across the country), but I do know that it has good taste when it comes to picking a pair of people to honor from Orange County: Dr. Faisal Qazi and Nick Anas.

Faisal is an increasingly visible and already widely respected presence within county politics, in part due to his impressive charitable efforts (discussed below.)  Nick has enjoyed a meteoric political rise to become the Democratic Party of Orange County’s Executive Director at a time when the DPOC strongly needed stability.

Angelica Ramos, Orange County Chapter co-Director of the New Leaders Council,  announced their honors as follows:

“We announce with enormous pride that two of the 40 under 40 recipients come from and currently work in the Orange County area – which has historically been known for its conservative ideologies. Both Nick and Faisal have been instrumental in building a movement to help this county be more socially responsible and civically engaged. In this past year alone, Nick, in his capacity as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Orange County, was able to mobilize and organize a community of over half a million registered Democrats. Faisal, in addition to his day job as a Neurologist, heads a foundation that provides medical access to uninsured patients. They are a true testament to our mission to passionately serve our community. It is an honor and a privilege to know our awardees and support their work.”

These sorts of awards to young achievers are supposed to signal observers as to whom they want to start to watch, if they haven’t done so already.  If you’re just starting to watch these two, you’ve already missed some great stuff — but there will be a lot more to come.  These are good choices — and it’s a good show for OC to bag two of the honors!

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.