Virginia House of Delegates, 51st District
On November 7, 2017, Hala Ayala won her seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, beating a four-term incumbent, and becoming one of the first Latina women to serve in the House. Prior to serving as a State Delegate for Virginia's 51st District, Hala worked for the government as a cyber security specialist for the Department of Homeland Security. She is the mother of two and an avid community advocate, who founded the Prince William County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (PWC NOW). Her commitment to service and community are evident through her various leadership roles. She was elected Vice President at the state level of Virginia National Organization for Women (VANOW), and in Prince William County she serves on several community boards, including the Literacy Foundation of America Prince William County. Hala is a graduate of both Emerge Virginia and the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project. In 2015, she was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Council on Women. Additionally, in 2015, she was appointed Vice Chair of the Occoquan Democratic Committee and recently also served as Fundraising Chair.