High School:

Shabnam Ahmed attended Prince George’s County Public Schools from K-12. She graduated from Bowie High School in the top 5% of her class with a 4.0+ cumulative GPA and was given the privilege to give the commencement speech.

Throughout her schooling at Bowie High School, Shabnam was a part of her school band having played the flute for six years, in addition to the Tennis Team, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, the National Honor Society, and Ladies with Class. She also dedicated her time serving as a lobbyist for the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Government. During her senior year of high school, Shabnam was elected to serve as the National Honor Society President at Bowie High School as well as the Student Board Member for the Prince George’s County Board of Education, representing over 124,000 students.  She was selected to be a State Page for the Maryland General Assembly during this time as well and worked closely with Maryland State Legislators. Shabnam was awarded the AP Scholar with Distinction award and recognized as a Prince George’s County Scholar of the Week.

She later received the Congressional Award Gold Medal commemorating her various efforts.

Every organization and endeavor that Shabnam has dedicated her time to has undoubtedly contributed to her attitudes about leadership and her commitment to public service from a very early age.



Shabnam graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park as a scholars student with a B.S in Global Public Health & Development (a major she created herself) and a minor in Spanish Languages & Cultures. As a student, Shabnam has worked a number of campus jobs, including being a Trip Leader for the Adventure Program, a student assistant for the Office of Leadership & Community Service, a research assistant for the Center for International Development & Conflict Management, and a research fellow for the Snider Undergraduate Research Experience.

Shabnam has been a part of a number of academic programs on campus:

  1. College Park Scholars Program: International Studies Program
  2. Jiménez-Porters Writers House
  3. Beyond the Classroom: Community Service & Civic Advocacy Program
  4. Federal Fellows Program




Shabnam worked as a Fellow for the Partnership for Public Service nonprofit in Washington D.C. She served in the Center for Government Leadership division. The mission of the Partnership was to develop leaders in the government. Shabnam worked with Senior Level Executives in the government and executive coaches to organize conferences and workshops promoting leadership development for various civil servants in the government.

Upon graduating, she was awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship, (a national scholarship from the U.S government) and is committed to pursuing a career and a masters degree in Global Public Health.