MEET DR SANA
Sana was a local TV news reporter in Dallas before being selected as Dallas’ spokesperson and Director of the Public Information Office. In that position, she managed the city’s international response to the first U.S. case of Ebola in 2014 and the city’s response to the July 7th ambush of Dallas Police officers.
Syed is currently Executive Vice President of Community Outreach & Development for Nicholas Residential. Sana works closely with non-profits and businesses to find and deliver resources, emergency assistance funds, and workforce housing solutions. She also manages an effort to provide housing resources to non-profits that serve refugees and victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. She is also a course instructor for the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), teaching police chiefs across the state of Texas.
Sana is the Founder and CEO of Kimiya International, a nonprofit focused on human rights advocacy through film and trauma therapy. She produced an award-winning documentary on human trafficking in Cambodia and is currently filming in Jordan on the Syrian refugee crisis. This past year, Kimiya expanded its reach locally with “Fight Club,” a 14-week program that combines boxing, yoga, and therapy to help heal women who are survivors of trauma, including domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and war/persecution.
On the City Council, Syed will help residents through COVID-19 recovery, strengthen public safety, work with community partners to develop lasting solutions to address homelessness in the city, and improve Dallas’ aging infrastructure.
Sana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from UTA, a Master of Science in Journalism from TCU, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from UTA.