About Haidar Awad
HAWTHORNE COUNCILMEMBER HAIDAR AWAD
Often described as a passionate and dedicated leader, Councilmember Haidar Awad is the voice of innovation for Hawthorne’s future and renewal. Haidar was first elected in 2015 at the age of twenty-four and is now into his fifth year on the city council, serving two of those years as Mayor Pro Tem. From the beginning, Haidar has made his priorities clear, he distinguished himself as a watchdog of city finances, proponent of public safety, and advocate for veterans.
For Councilmember Awad, residents come first—their safety, wellbeing, and quality of life. Haidar has focused on utilizing innovative approaches, including public-private partnerships to provide additional benefits for Hawthorne residents without impacting the city’s budget.Most recently Haidar secured a COVID-19 testing center for Hawthorne residents after working with County of Los Angeles in conjunction with the Governor’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Task Force. Free testing is a major component of reopening the City of Hawthorne, the county, and the state.Haidar has assembled leaders from multiple veteran organizations throughout the county, forming a Veterans Housing Collaborative that created a comprehensive plan to develop a city-owned vacant lot into a veteran affordable housing project focused on families and providing wrap-around services.Delivering on a campaign promise, Councilmember Awad created a “blight fee” to encourage vacant property owners to bring their property up to community standards, sell it, or develop it. This economic catalyst has proven successful in just a few months. Haidar never misses an opportunity to connect with residents, regularly visiting Hawthorne Home Associations and other local community groups. His complimentary Haidar Hawthorne News quarterly newspaper keeps residents informed on city hall actions, local events, and human-interest stories. Believing education is key to success, Councilmember Awad annually awards scholarships to local high school students through the Awad Family Foundation and engages with both educators and community organizations in Hawthorne that support the academic and holistic advancement of Hawthorne’s next generation of leaders. Councilmember Awad remains an active member of the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, holding a seat on its Economic Development Committee, and HMA Bio is a Hawthorne Kiwanis Club member.
Councilmember Awad has successfully guided Hawthorne into a new era of fiscal stability and transparency, fighting for much-needed reforms. He instituted a “finance oversight committee” to regularly review city expenditures and recommended numerous changes adopted by the council. Haidar has been instrumental in bringing Hawthorne into what regional media labeled “A New Renaissance” of business opportunities and partnerships. Councilmember Awad continues to work with large and small businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, and community groups in Hawthorne including: SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company, Urth Caffe, Ring, Chamber of Commerce, Hawthorne High School, Leuzinger High School, Lawndale High School, Mychal’s Learning Place, Rich stone Family Center, and Donate Life, to name a few. The Councilmember holds a Business Administration degree from the University of California, Riverside, and last year graduated from the University of Southern California’s (USC) prestigious Marshall School of Business with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). This year, he will receive a Master’s in Public Administration from USC’s Price School of Public Policy.
Councilmember Awad envisions Hawthorne as a community-friendly business hub—supporting existing businesses while growing and creating opportunities for new ventures. The Councilmember knows that Hawthorne is uniquely positioned for the 21st Century with its talented workforce, commercial space availability, and proximity to major freeways, Los Angeles Air force Base, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and the Port of Los Angeles.
DEDICATED TO FAMILY
A man with strong family values, Councilmember Haidar Awad is the eldest son of immigrant parents who came to the United States to escape civil war and built a thriving family business from nothing.
Haidar is a proud Hawthorne homeowner. He serves as the Head of Strategic Development for Hawthorne Auto Square, one of the fastest-growing auto dealerships in the South Bay Region, which is owned and operated by the Awad family.