Biography of Commissioner Omar Sabir

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Commissioner SabirOmar Sabir was elected on November 5, 2019 and sworn in as City Commissioner of the County of Philadelphia on January 6, 2020. His primary goal as Commissioner is to empower and enable all Philadelphians to participate in the voting process by addressing voter apathy and educating communities about the importance of civic engagement.

Prior to his election, Commissioner Sabir focused his career on community advocacy. He served as a senior staffer in the Office of Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes and held senior roles at the Nathaniel Sabir Memorial Scholarship Fund, Citizens for State Representative Louise Williams Bishop, and the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Early in his career, Commissioner Sabir served as a union construction worker where he gained critical insight into the issues and concerns of working families.

Through grassroots engagement in community hubs like barbershops and recreation centers, Commissioner Sabir created Humanitarian Heroes. Under this initiative, he partnered with ShopRite stores and Nestlé, the world's largest food & beverage company, to send 35,000 bottles of water to the Mississippi Food Network in Jackson, Mississippi. Commissioner Sabir also created the Octavius Catto Taskforce, which highlights the importance of registering to vote, the impact of elections and the threat of voter suppression.

Commissioner Sabir has been featured on international news outlets and programs including Showtime’s The Circus, CNN, 60 Minutes, Vice, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Variety, Politico, MSNBC and the New York Times. He was recently named one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans by the Philadelphia Tribune.

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