Hafizah Omar manages Living Cities racial equity portfolio.
In this role, she strategizes on how to support sparkplugs in the philanthropic and public sectors to build racial equity competencies. She also supports the Regional Inclusive Economic Growth working group on learning and content strategy. Her past projects include project managing Racial Equity Here, a cohort of 5 cities working to operationalize racial equity in local governments, and managing knowledge and content strategy for The Integration Initiative, a cohort of cross-sector tables in five cities.
Hafizah Omar is also an organizer based in Queens, working to fight against intersecting violences that communities of color and immigrant communities face, working with Centro Corona, Queens Libre and Survived and Punished NY.
Hafizah joined Living Cities in July 2016 after three and a half years in Chicago, supporting the Director of D5 Coalition, a 5-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy. During this time, she also managed a network of young nonprofit professionals as the Network Engagement Associate for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) after being a Launchpad fellow with the network’s national office.
In Chicago, Hafizah organized with Somos Logan Square and Grassroots Illinois Action-Humboldt Park, grassroots community organizations focusing on organizing tenants facing illegal evictions, advocating for affordable housing and building political power in the neighborhood. Prior to that, Hafizah spent a year teaching in Guyana. In the past, she had worked at the Center for Public Policy Studies as well as the Center for Independent Journalism in Malaysia, where she did research on governance, civil liberties violations, and media freedom in Malaysia. Hafizah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Comparative Literature (French and English).