Deputy Director - Civic Engagement & Faith-Rooted Organizing (Interim)
Saabir Lockett is the Deputy Director of Civic Engagement & Faith-Rooted Organizing (Interim). He is a Mayor appointed Commissioner for the city of Oakland, a board member of Urban Equity, a certified mentor for the re-entry population from Men & Women of Purpose, and a community advocate and activist leading groundbreaking strategies to improve the conditions of underserved communities of color. He achieved his AA from Feather Rivers College, his BA from Oregon State University, and his Paralegal Certification from Blackstone Career Institute.
As the Interim Deputy Director of Civic Engagement and Faith-Rooted Organizing, he is principally responsible for overseeing two key areas of organizing & power building: EBASE’s faith-rooted organizing program, Faith Alliance for A Moral Economy (FAME), and EBASE & East Bay Action’s (EBA) political and civic engagement strategies, all in service of campaign and long-term power-building goals.
Saabir is a devoted Father and was formerly incarcerated. His innate passion for community empowerment is connected to an empathetic recognition – from an early age – that some people have access to essential resources and a sense of well-being while others problematically do not. This duality is the foundation for Saabir work: celebrating and energizing communities through moral framing while changing policy and creating resources for radical social justice, sustainable and equitable systems, and community transformation, healing, liberation, and fulfillment of people’s humanity.