We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ubax Gardheere as Equitable Strategies manager at OPCD. In this position, Ubax will be managing our Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) and its related work programs, providing internal policy leadership and fostering community partnerships.
EDI will provide support and funding for new economic development projects that lead to good jobs in under-served communities. Our vision is equity of opportunity for all of Seattle’s neighborhoods and communities, including those that aren’t currently benefiting from our strong economy. Recently, Mayor Ed Murray announced that the City of Seattle will dedicate $16 million to establish the Equitable Development Fund.
Ubax comes with extensive experience in community development, and addressing equity and social justice issues working with many Seattle communities of color. Ubax has been a program director with Puget Sound Sage, developing equitable land use policies such as affordable housing and transit oriented development, utilizing a race and social justice lens.
Ubax speaks English, Somali and Swahili and serves on the boards of African Diaspora of Washington and Social Justice Fund NW. She has a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from Washington State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Seattle University.