Since 2003, Jahanara has been serving her community as an elected local government leader. After being a BRAC school teacher she decided that she wanted to help facilitate community development and increase female political participation by becoming a local government representative. Before getting elected, Jahanara gained prominence as a leader as the head of her local BRAC Union Shomaj. The Union Shomaj is an institution that enables the rural poor to lobby directly with their Union level council and access government resources. Additionally, BRAC's Government Capacity Development training taught her leadership skills, including how to manage and distribute government services. Since her election she has worked on issues of polygamy and early marriage, facilitated road repairs and bridge construction, ensured the construction of sanitary latrines and taken numerous people to the hospital in emergencies. She is currently working on addressing issues of unemployment in her community and setting up a school.