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Shukoor Ahmed
Washingtom Post features Hyderabadi who Wants to Give Small Organizations Web Expertise

Hyderabad: A product of Osmania University, armed with BS in Computer Information System from Strayer University and a MA in Public Policy from American University, with a major in Lobbying and minor in Campaign Management, this multi-faceted personality founded V-Empower in 1999, since then Shukoor is the CEO.
An article was published last month about V-Empower Inc. in Washington Post mentioning that It took more than two years and $300,000 for the four-person team to develop a working product that  help small political organizations promote their causes more efficiently through the Web.
 
Shukoor He has served in various capacities before embarking on V-Empower. Shukoor was the Communication Director for Bill Bradley of Maryland, who ran for President in the primaries of Democracts' candidacy election, eventually making way for Al Gore.

A political enthusiast, he ran for Maryland House of Delegates in 1998. He continues to remain a committed worker for the community and he contested for the post of State Delegate for Maryland again in the September 2002 elections. His major interests behind statedemocracy.com stem from his own campaigning days, while door knocking, Shukoor was shocked by the gap between elected officials and the citizens on simple issues of everyday life. This was when he decided to passionately pursue the concept of such a deep impacting tool, statedemocracy.com.

Under his stewardship, the company saw a host of products being successfully launched in the market. The company’s primary launch pad was the political portal, www.statedemocracy.com. It is an umbrella web application, with 51 websites seated under the main application, each of which is dedicated to the promotion and betterment of democracy.

Shukoor is a registered Democrat and a proactive, progressive and independent person at that. He was the Director of Technology for Jack Johnson, Candidate for County Executive 2002. Shukoor was also the Campaign Manager for Katina Johnstone, who ran for Congress in 2000 contesting from 13th District in New York.

Shukoor took up the assignment as Director of Communications in Maryland for Bill Bradley, who ran for President. He was also the Field Director in Prince George’s County for Bill Bradley. Shukoor worked as a Legislative Aide for Delegate John Giannetti during the 1999 Legislative Session. He was a Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates in 1998.

He had also served as Vice-President of the Democratic Club of Bowie during 1994-1996, promoting the political involvement of Bowie residents and further ensuring the accurate dispensation of local political information. Shukoor was a Member of the Asian Pacific Advisory Board to the County Executive during 1995-1997, thus rendering important and objective information for the needs of the Asian-American Citizens. He has also served in other capacities like Treasurer for the Democratic Central Committee Candidate Donald Beach in 1994, Member of the Governor Oden Bowie’s Democratic Club since May 1993.

Shukoor has also volunteered for the campaigns of political candidates including Congressmen Steny Hoyer (1992 District 5), Jim Moran (1992 District 8) and At Large Montgomery County Councilman Issaiah Legget in 1994.

Shukoor has been serving the public for over a decade. He is a leader, a Community Activist and a Concerned Citizen. Shukoor is a member of the Community Advisory Council from 2000 till present. He is also a member of various organizations like the Prince George’s Country Public School Military Academy, High Bridge Elementary School; Lutheran Social Services for the Rehabilitation of Bosnian, Kurdish, Haitian and Somalian Refugees (1993-Present) - Providing economical, social, and political support to the Refugees; Winter Haven Homeless Shelter Program in Laurel (1992-1999). Shukoor had served as Administrator and Volunteer at the Homeless Shelter Program. His other services as a volunteer include Habitat for Humanity, Maryland Society for Sight and Voter Registration.

As a humanitarian, Shukoor had organized food drives for the homeless in Downtown DC, "Martha's Table". He was the National Coordinator of Social Services of the Ahmadiyya Youth Association (1994-1996), National Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Youth Association with 43 Chapters (1996-1999) and National President of the Ahmadiyya Youth Association with 46 Chapters (1999-2002). Shukoor had also organized blood drives for the community through Red Cross. Last, but not the least he is also a Member of the South Asian Journalist Association (SAJA).

Shukoor was nominated for the Presidential Service Award (President William Jefferson Clinton), for the commitment and dedication in doing voluntary services in 1995. He was also nominated for the Governor’s Volunteer Award (Governor Parris Glendening) for the contribution of time and talent in support of various Social Service Agencies during the same year. At the same time, Shukoor was nominated for the Prince Georgian of the Year Award for community service in Prince George’s County. He was also nominated for the Patricia Wallace Outstanding Citizen of Bowie, consecutively during 1994 and 1995.

Shukoor has an MPP (Masters in Public Policy) from American University, Washington DC gained during 1999. He took Lobbying as Major and Campaign Management as Minor. He has a double BS, one from Strayer College in (1993) Majoring in Computer Information Systems and another from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India Majoring in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in 1983.

Shukoor has been happily married for fourteen years to Nabeela Ahmed and has two beautiful daughters, Raaheela (10) and Shabnam (8). The Ahmeds are living in the unincorporated part of Bowie. They have been residing in Prince George’s County since 1988. He is a dedicated husband, a dutiful father and a responsible son.

MK
-November 2003

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