University of Southern California

CRCC American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute

Basim Elkarra

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Basim Elkarra serves as the Chair of Los Rios Community College's Bond Oversight committee, where he protects tax payers by ensuring that Bonds totaling over $200 million are expended for the construction, repair, and modernization of Los Rios' campuses.  Basim Elkarra and the Oversight Committee help ensure that school bond funds are invested as the voters intended and that projects are completed wisely and efficiently.

For over a decade Basim Elkarra has served as the Executive Director of the Sacramento office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), a nonprofit whose mission to protect civil liberties, encourage dialogue and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. In 2005, Basim Elkarra co-founded a youth leadership program at the California State Capitol that has graduated over 400 high school students. He also organizes an annual College and Career Fair out of California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

In 2009, Basim Elkarra was elected to the California Democratic Party's Executive Board and appointed to chair the Affirmative Action Committee. Basim Elkarra testifies in hearings at the State Capitol and appears in the media as a regular commentator on civil rights issues. He has also consulted for the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) and has trained law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento Valley. In 2014, Basim Elkarra was featured on the cover of Comstock magazine, as a young professional who is shaping the future of the Sacramento Valley.

Basim Elkarra previously served on numerous committees including: the Sacramento Police Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Sacramento Police Chief Selection Committee, Sacramento State University Community Council, Sacramento Library Multicultural Advisory Committee, Natomas Unified School District Multicultural Advisory Committee, New Leaders Council (Sacramento) Advisory Board and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association's (APAPA) Outreach Committee.

Basim Elkarra holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum (ALF) and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP). Basim and his wife, Sarah, live in Sacramento with their two children and are expecting twins in May.