Ossama Kamel is the Outreach Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this position, he aims to grow visibility of CAIR’s services and cultivate relationships that advance civil rights and social justice.
Ossama graduated from the University of California Irvine, double majoring in International Relations and Political Science, with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution and Post-Colonial Nationhood. He focused his education and activism in three areas: research, advocacy, and community development. His involvement in community organizing translated into powerful actions from school wide demonstrations and sit-ins, to listening sessions, shared power-mapping, and community campaigning.
Ossama became a community organizer after living and seeing the experiences of the poor, the disabled, and people of color, marginalized and un-marginalized in hostile and isolating, so called ‘safe spaces’ around college campuses and campaign rallies. To Ossama, social justice is a lifestyle and the means of protecting the physical, mental, and spiritual health of our communities from the existence and functional reality of injustice in all spaces, social, political, and economic.
Outside of his work with CAIR, Ossama enjoys painting, boxing, hiking, reading, traveling, and learning.