Sami was raised by a working class family in
Tucson. His father, Mohamed (Sam), is a
successful small business owner and his mother,
Gloria, now a retiree, worked in a local drapery
shop. Sami is the middle of three children, and has
two brothers, Nabeal who works in the home loan
industry and Armando works in the healthcare
Sami attended school on Tucson’s west side at the
Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB),
located in Barrio Hollywood. Sami graduated
from high school at ASDB in 1998, attended Pima
Community College and the University of
Arizona, where he studied Political Science and
For many years, Sami has committed himself to
our community on issues ranging from education
to transportation, housing and disability rights.
Sami currently serves on the board of directors for
the Arizona Center for Disability Law and the
Primavera Foundation. Sami also volunteers as a
U.S. Citizenship Exam Instructor with Pima Community College Adult Education.
From 2003 to 2009, Sami served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and
Blind, a K-12 state education institution that serves Arizona’s blind and deaf children.
Sami served on the City of Tucson’s Transit Taskforce from 2011 to 2016, where he advocated for an
efficient and affordable mass transit system that serves all Tucsonans, which includes the Modern
Streetcar that goes from the Mercado to the University of Arizona. Sami will bring a unique perspective
as a City Council member who relies and uses our public transit system on a daily basis.
Sami knows what it takes to serve our community and has done it before, where he served as a
congressional aide to U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva for over 7 years. He worked in his Tucson office
where he helped local residents and businesses solve problems and make government work for them.
Sami knows firsthand the level of access and accountability that Tucson residents expect from their city
Today, Sami works as an employment specialist for SAAVI Services for the Blind, an independent skills
training center for blind persons. Sami works with blind people to partner with local businesses to find
good paying jobs throughout the Tucson community.
Sami is a resident of the Menlo Park neighborhood and is the proud uncle of six nieces and nephews
ranging in ages three to 17 years old.