Omar is a Master in Urban Planning candidate at the Graduate School of Design. His academic and professional interests include: community development theory and practice; state and local politics; and the intersection of race, gender, and class as it relates to the built environment. Omar previously worked in housing, health, and community development policy in Oregon. Most recently, as the Housing Policy Manager at Neighborhood Partnerships, he collaborated with leaders in the private and public sectors to change state housing policies and elevate affordable housing as a state budget priority. During this time, he also developed and implemented approaches to engage communities of color in various planning initiatives across several cities in Oregon as an Associate at Cogan Owens Greene, LLC. He graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he was awarded the Spirit of Princeton Award for contributions to campus life. He’s currently into Elena Ferrante, mumblecore, postcards, and Kehinde Wiley.