Zulfat was elected as an at large council member in 2019. With over 34,000 votes from a very diverse population she became the first Muslim elected to the Metropolitan Govt. of Nashville and Davidson County and the first immigrant elected to an at-large position. She is the first Muslim woman elected in the State of Tennessee and first Nigerian woman elected to any office in the US.
She started the Hardeman County Junior Achievement and continues to advocate for children as a board member of the PENCIL Foundation. Zulfat has served in a number of leadership positions, including Chair of the American Muslim Advisory Council and State President of the Business and Professional Women. She is active politically as treasurer of the National Women’s Political Caucus and chair of the TN Women’s Day on the Hill.
Zulfat is a CPA and Asst. Controller at Meharry Medical College. She is married to her wonderful husband of 29 years- Dr. Rahaman Suara. They are blessed with five amazing children.