Hinnaneh Qazi is a budget analyst at the California Department of Finance, where she has worked on health and human services issues since 2018. In her role at the Department, Hinnaneh conducts fiscal and policy analysis for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program which provides healthcare for nearly 13 million low-income Californians.
Hinnaneh's career is dedicated to advancing greater racial, political, economic, and health equity. She has experience in research, policy and data analysis, community organizing, and advocacy.
Prior to joining the Department of Finance, Hinnaneh served as a policy consultant for the California Health in All Policies Task Force, analyzing racial and gender pay inequities across the state's civil service workforce. Her research has helped inform strategies to tackle racial and gender disparities in the state and has supported racial equity capacity-building through the Governing for Racial Equity Capitol Cohort in Sacramento. Hinnaneh also previously worked as a research analyst from 2016 to 2018 for the Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans, an organization focused on advancing policies which encourage investment in younger generations of Americans.
From 2013 to 2016, Hinnaneh was a grassroots organizer and operations manager at California Common Cause, one of the state's leading democracy reform nonprofits. At California Common Cause, Hinnaneh supported campaigns to curb the influence of money in U.S. politics and increase access to the ballot box, and she helped institute a Young Activist Program for student activists.
While pursuing her master's degree, Hinnaneh served as co-director for Thinking About Power and Privilege, a student organization which critically examines power and privilege in the classroom and in policymaking. She also co-founded Muslims in Public Policy, a student identity group which provides and advocates for greater political and policy representation of Muslim Americans.
Hinnaneh is a proud alumna of California's public higher education system, receiving a Masters of Public Policy from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy in 2018 and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA in 2013.