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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of IrvineCandidate for City Council

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Farrah N. Khan

Nonprofit Director/Businesswoman
23,085 votes (15.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Advocate transparency in decision making by providing residents the opportunity to be better engaged.
  • Limit the influence of developers on council decisions and ensure our city has a robust infrastructure plan for economic and environmental sustainability.
  • Provide housing that is affordable at all levels so that those that work in Irvine can live in Irvine, thereby reducing our traffic congestion



Profession:Nonprofit Director/Businesswoman
Executive Director, Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council (2015–current)
Partner/Owner, Cumin (2005–current)
Community Services Commissioner, City of Irvine — Appointed position (2014–2015)
Regulatory Affairs Manager, Chiron (1998–2005)


UC Davis Bachelor of Arts, English (concentration in Microbiology) (1997)

Community Activities

Steering Committee Member, Irvine Global Village Festival (2010–current)
Member, Irvine Rotary Club (2016–current)
Member, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (2010–current)
Member/ Board Member/ President, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) (2006–current)
Member, School Site Council (2015–current)



Farrah has always enjoyed working with the community. She started by volunteering at her children's school and several non-profits. She committed to being an active PTA member and has since served on the PTA Board at the Elementary and Middle School level. She served as PTA President for 3 terms at her sons' elementary school, served on the PTA Board at the Middle School and is currently serving on the School Site Council at the High School. She and her husband are also Legacy Partners with the Irvine Public School Foundation.

She has worked extensively with many community organizations to host events, collaborate on efforts and provide support. She founded a children's interfaith group, First Drops in 2011. The organization provides children (ages 5-13) and their families opportunities to go on site visits to churches, synagogues, mosques and temples throughout Orange County to get a better understanding of one another. The group partners with a local Church every 4th Sunday of the month to feed the homeless population in Santa Ana.

One of Farrah's joys has been serving on the Steering Committee for the Irvine Global Village Festival for the past 8 years. She is also a proud CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteer with the Irvine Police Department, a program she highly recommends for every resident and business of Irvine.  She is also an active member of the Irvine Rotary.

Farrah was appointed as a Community Services Commissioner in 2014. During her time as Commissioner, she was the only Commissioner who took the time to get to know the city parks, open spaces, land development, amenities and employees. She was an advocate for sufficient park space especially in the Irvine Business Complex.


As a Regulatory Affairs Manager, Farrah made sure that the work being done by scientists and researchers was according to the rules and regulations set forth by the FDA and other regulatory agencies.  She and her team conducted regular audits and proposed corrective and preventive action reports to correct any immediate issues and propose preventive actions to avoid any potential issues in the future.  After eight years of service, she left her position in order to assist her husband with his business venture.

As a small business owner, she learned hands-on what it takes to run a profitable business, take hits, survive during the recession and work hard to make it worthwhile all over again.  Everyday brings a new challenge and she's been ready for it.

As an Executive Director for a non-profit: Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council, Farrah's job allows her to meet many people from all walks of life.  She feels great pride and honor to be able to work with so many people on issues that affect our communities, like homelessness, human trafficking, hate crimes, hunger and more.  However, the best part of her job is celebrating diversity.    


Farrah has a strong understanding of what it takes to make a city provide the best for its residents, businesses and employees. "It takes a partnership of all stakeholders to make a city the best it can be. I am committed to work with our:

  • police and city staff to provide the best in safety and operations,
  • developers and corporations to benefit Irvine's growth as a Master Planned community, 
  • businesses and the chamber for the enrichment of our city,
  • non-profits to enhance our city's experience, and
  • residents to provide the services needed and maintain our quality of life."

She is committed to keep Irvine the best for our future generations. The awards and recognition she has received throughout the years is a testament to her commitment to service. Her most recent being the 2015 Community Service Leader Award from the OC Human Relations Commission.

She knows the city, its people and cares about its future growth. She believes in diversity, equality and respect for all. 

"With our recent spike in growth and population, we need a council that is ready and able to work hard with true transparency, provide smart housing and a robust infrastructure.  We need to find innovative solutions to become economically and environmentally sustainable.  

I hope you'll join me in bringing a proactive voice to City Council in 2018."

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mayor of Irvine, Sukhee Kang (Ret)
  • Mayor of Irvine, Beth Krom (Ret)
  • Irvine Community Services Commissioner, Shiva Farivar (Ret)

Organizations (11)

  • Orange County League of Conservation Voters
  • Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE)
  • Women in Leadership (WIL)
  • National Women's Political Caucus of Orange County
  • Orange County Labor Federation
  • Orange County Democratic Party
  • Orange County Young Democrats
  • Orange County Professional Firefighters
  • Sierra Club
  • Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Elected Officials (9)

  • Laguna Beach Councilwoman Toni Iseman
  • Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (Ret)
  • Irvine Community Services Commissioner, Khalouk Hibrawi (Ret)
  • CA State Controller Betty Yee
  • CA State Senator Kevin De Leon
  • CA State Senator Connie Leyva
  • CA State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman Lou Correa

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Irvine is at a crossroads. Perhaps it is more like a tipping point. We need forward-thinking leadership on the City Council to protect and enhance the quality of life we all moved here to enjoy.

My name is Farrah Khan and I’m running for Irvine City Council to ensure that the public interest is protected and to restore respect and civility to the way in which our local government serves the community.  I’m a mother, a community leader and a business owner and I believe my experience makes me uniquely qualified to serve.

I’m proud to call Irvine home. My husband and I moved here fourteen years ago to build a life in a city that offered excellent schools, public safety, an abundance of parks, open space and economic opportunity. We are raising four sons, two of whom we are fostering. They all attend Irvine Schools and I am active in the PTA and serve on the School Site Council.

Like many in this community, we are immigrants but proud to be American.  Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a city.  As we grow, it’s time for leaders who care about the public interest and are actively engaging our residents in the civic life of our city.

We are a community of families, innovators, global thinkers, community volunteers, veterans and active seniors. We embrace diversity of culture and faith and model respect for all people. With two seats open on the City Council, we have a chance to elect leaders who will dedicate themselves to the interests of all Irvine residents.

That’s my pledge to you. As your City Council member, I will work for you, the people who have invested to be part of this community…everyday. I’m proud to be endorsed by two former Mayors — Beth Krom and Sukhee Kang — and I respectfully ask for your vote on November 6th.

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