About our Agency

 

Formed in 1996, Afghan Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization. We are dedicated to strengthening Afghan families, improving their access to social services, and building a strong and united Afghan American community. Located at the Family Resource Center in Fremont, California, the Afghan Coalition is the largest Afghan-American organization in the United States. Serving over 1,000 community members per year, particularly immigrant women and children, bilingual/bicultural advocates bridge the language and cultural gaps between community members and financial and social services.

About the Executive Director

 

Rona Popal is bilingual in Dari/Farsi and English, is the Executive Director of the Afghan Coalition. She is also the project director for the Afghan Health Partnership Program. Ms. Popal has extensive experience in designing and organizing community service programs, as well as providing direct client service and advocacy. She is a recognized community leader. On October 27, 2007 State Assembly Member Alberto Torrico honored her with the 20th District Unity Award. A tireless community organizer and outspoken proponent of civil liberties and human rights, she was also voted International Woman of the Year by the Silicon Valley Women’s Organization in 2002. In October 2006, Ms. Popal presented a speech as oral testimony on behalf of the Coalition’s Afghan Women’s Association International to the California Commission on the Status of Women. Ms. Popal has worked in social services for over 20 years as an employment counselor and social worker and has headed the Afghan Women’s Association since 2001 and the Afghan Coalition since 2003. She holds a degree from California State Hayward in Political Science and International Relations.