- Meet Sami
BIOGRAPHY OF SAMI HAMED
I reside in the Menlo Park neighborhood, and I have been involved in the Tucson community for many years and I believe in community involvement at all levels.
I attended school (K-12) at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) in Tucson, and graduated from high school in 1998. After graduating, I studied Political Science and Spanish at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.
While in college, I interned with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington, D.C., where in the summer of 2000, I interned in the office of Congressman Ed Pastor. In addition, I was a Fellow with the CHCI, where from 2002 to 2003, I completed a policy fellowship with the AFL-CIO’s legislative division and with Congressman Raúl Grijalva’s Washington, D.C. office.
From 2003 to 2010, I worked for Congressman Grijalva as a congressional district aide, focusing on constituent casework in assisting constituents from the communities of Tucson, Yuma, Nogales and the West Valley of Maricopa County.
Today, I work for the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS), where I serve as the Special Needs Program Coordinator. My primary responsibility is to work with county staff and community service agencies and local jurisdictions in developing emergency management plans, processes and systems that serve special needs populations throughout Pima County and its jurisdictions.
Some of the community activities that I am involved in to name a few are:
- 2003-2009, Governor Janet Napolitano appointed me to two terms of three years each, to the Board of Directors of the ASDB, a K-12 state education institution.
- 2005-2010, served as a small claims hearing officer for the Pima County Justice Court’s small claims civil division.
- 2004-present, currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Arizona affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), a consumer rights organization made up of blind persons in Arizona and across the country.
- 2007-present, serve as the chairman of the City of Tucson’s Transportation Advisory Committee, where I bring the disability and transit perspectives to furthering the city’s transportation infrastructure and Sun Tran, Tucson’s mass transit system.
I am an avid sports fan and I support the UA basketball and football games by working as an event attendant while cheering on the Wildcats.