Algerian American Association of Northern California
I was born and raised in Algiers, I moved to the US in 1983. I have been a Morgan Hill California resident since 1996. I have three children and four grand children. I am an Educational Specialist at Gilroy Unified School District. I have been a community organizer, activist and volunteer for the past 24 years both at the local and state levels in California. I was elected a school board member for Morgan Hill School District.
Chairman and school commissioner of Morgan Hill Unified School District
President of school commissioners for the state of California
Board Secretary of South Valley Islamic Community
Vice President of South Valley Islamic Community
I would love to follow my family tradition and serve our dear Algerian community at a formal level as my three brothers served as presidents and treasurer of the AAA-NC in the past.
Family and community have always been the core of my values. As a little girl, I still remember my dear father helping and supporting our community in Algeria. I grew up with those values.
I will be honored to serve my AAA-NC family.
My name is Celene Aridin. I live in the Sacramento County, where I am very involved within my local community. Though I am young I have previous experience in the leadership field.
I founded and was voted president of the SALAM Youth Leadership Council, VP for my library’s Teen Advisory Board, and was part of the organization committee and was a speaker for the Women’s March in Sacramento.
When I lived in the Bay Area I was much more involved with AAA-NC but when I moved I found that there was a gap between the Sacramento Algerian Community and the Algerians in the Bay Area. There is a large under represented Algerian community within Sacramento that I feel is discouraged to participate in many of AAA-NC Events because of the distance, though it is not as far as it seems.
My intent for running for a position on the Board is to bridge that gap between the Bay Area and the Sacramento communities and hopefully get more involvement on both sides.
Hello everyone my name is Ramzi Djebroun some of you may know me as the guy taking your pictures at the Hamidou concert or as the 12 year old who played the bass for the Ramadan concert. Now I am looking forward to play a more active role in the association and bring as many new ideas as I can to the table. I know in these times we have to be socially distanced but I'd like to get closer everyone in our community using Zoom for virtual events like never before.
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”
Ouahiba Medjoubi Djebroun
I was born and raised in the city of Algiers. I moved to the bay area in 1996. I am a proud mom of two kids, a college student, a high school senior and our lovely pets. For 15 years, I’ve loved being a French teacher to students of all ages.
I have enjoyed being involved in the Algerian community and I look forward to contributing even more. I like spending time with my friends and family, traveling, art, camping, and meeting new people from different cultures.
Through the years I’ve enjoyed attending and participating at AAA-NC events. The community we have built here feels like home and the members I have connected with feel like family. It’s been a pleasure to see my kids grow up and maintain the Algerian culture and tradition.
Now, feels like the right time to take a more active role in the Algerian American Association. I would be honored to serve as a board member for a well-deserving community. I would like to create a space where members can uplift one another and remind each other the value of being an Algerian.
My name is Chafik, born and raised in the Algiers area, a fervent fan of the Mouloudia d’Alger and I’ve been in the US for over 23 years. I work in the service industry, I love cooking, food in general and a good old Guarantita sandwich from time to time.
I have been a member of AAA-NC for a long time and I’ve always volunteered at many AAA-NC community events.
My name is Sarah and I love building community. I was born and raised in New York but have always been connected to my Algerian roots. I moved to the bay area three years ago and was so excited to have stumbled upon the AAA-NC at the Arab American Festival. Since then, I have been able to attend different events and connect with members in the community. I am thankful to be able to say that I feel a sense of home and family with the AAA-NC.
I currently work for Johnson & Johnson as a Product Manager in tech and lead the Diversity & Inclusion team for my IT organization. I love being able to leverage technology to bring people together and I especially love sharing about my Algerian heritage and culture. I am excited to be a part of the AAA-NC and I hope to be able to continue to grow the organization to share with the larger Northern California community.
My name is Nasrine Lakabi. I’m currently a senior at Santa Clara University studying political science and pre- law and currently work for the Vice Mayor of San Jose doing Policy Aide.
During my time at SCU, I have been on the MENA board as well as involved in other social justice clubs such as SJP. I grew up coming to many AAA-NC events and look forward to giving back to my community.
I plan to work with younger kids and help create events that allows them to be more involved and help them build a sense of community for future generations.
I am from Algiers. I have been leaving in San Francisco since 1981. I married and have 2 adult children.
I am one of the AAA-NC founding members from 1992 when it was created, I served with the first board as a delegate for the San Francisco area then a second term as a Vice President. I currently work for Oracle. Outside of work, I teach martial arts, Taekwondo in particular, and I play drums with a musical band.
My name is Yassine Cherif. I am currently a student at San Jose State University studying business management information systems.
I was born and raised in San Jose and just recently moved to Concord. The AAA-NC has been a very influential part of my life that I have been involved with since a very young age. I remember attending and helping set up many earlier events that the AAA-NC has hosted for the community. I hope to bring my passion and love for the Algerian community and give back to my community in a way it has given to me.