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Hajar Hammado is an engagement consultant working with FCNL’s Advocacy Teams. In this role, she works to support community-building engagement and empower grassroots advocates lobbying for peace. 

Hajar also serves as a policy advisor at Demand Progress working to develop legislative strategies and lobby Congress as part of the National Security team. In her role at Demand Progress, Hajar advocates for policies that champion human rights and justice, safeguard civil liberties, prioritize peaceful conflict resolution, and uphold accountable and responsible defense spending.

At Demand Progress, Hajar mobilized grassroots supporters in 46-plus states and facilitated the involvement of 45-plus organizations in support of the Yemen War Powers Resolution. She also works with the Progressive Talent Pipeline to help build onramps for progressives who want to work in government and are excited to advance progressive priorities.

Prior to joining Demand Progress and FCNL, Hajar engaged in policy reform to address the breakdown of our democracy and uncover government corruption at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Hajar uncovered illegal activity at the Environmental Protection Agency that prompted a congressional investigation into the destruction of water quality records. She also co-authored a report with the policy team, “What Democracy Looks Like,” considering policy reforms to the most critical issues facing our democracy.

Hajar also previously worked as a researcher at Reger Research, served in the California Department of Justice under Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and interned with the House Democratic Caucus. She is originally from California and received her B.A. with honors in Political Studies from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges.