Zakiya Sankara-Jabar is one of the national leaders in the movement for educational justice in the United States by advocating for students and empowering parents. Zakiya’s tenacious spirit, insatiable curiosity and organizing acumen have elevated her from Ohio’s leading voice eradicating educational inequities to a national leading voice equipping Black and brown parents with tools to drive sustainable change on a local level. Zakiya came to organizing, advocacy, and policy work organically as a parent shining a light on harmful school discipline policies that disproportionately impact Black students and their families in Ohio and now has worked in communities of all sizes across the country sharing tools, strategies and her story for working class parents. She combined both her personal story, professional skills and network to found and lead Racial Justice NOW!, an organization that exists to transform communities through organizing, advocacy and systemic policy change.
Currently a National Field Organizer at the Dignity In Schools Campaign, Zakiya was named to the inaugural #Power50 Leadership Fellowship for women of color with Community Change, formerly The Center for Community Change. She has received many national recognitions and her work was featured on the HBO series Problem Areas and most recently on Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV. When not organizing parents or advocating for students, you will find Zakiya on conference stages across North America equipping audiences with her strategic frameworks for change.
Outside work Zakiya enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two children.