Obai Rambo, a native son of Vallejo and San Francisco, is a fierce pursuer of equity and social justice. He began his career in the public sector while still in high school by interning for former State Senator Patricia Wiggins (D-Vallejo). Although this internship was only a sneak peek into the greater world of government and public service, Obai was enthralled with the concept of how the daily work of public officials tremendously impacts the lives of people they may never meet.
During college, Obai dove deeper into local and state-level advocacy, as the student organizer for the first March-in-March; where students travelled to Sacramento to urge legislators to halt further tuition hikes and find ways to make public higher education free. In addition, he served as the chair of the California Young Democrats (CYD) Renters Caucus and as the Caucus Director of the CYD. Later, he co-founded the United Student Coalition at City College of San Francisco, where one of the first projects focused on creating a student bill of rights. Obai also co-founded the Black Young Democrats of San Francisco and Sacramento, which was instrumental in halting Stop-and-Frisk — a regressive policy that allowed extra search and seizures that disproportionately targeted people of color — from being implemented in San Francisco.
Obai has had the unique opportunity to travel around the world with the Semester at Sea program where he served as the student body president and learned from global thought leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In addition to his international experience, he has worked in the California State Legislature where he was instrumental in developing public safety policies. He also previously served as a Legislative Intern on the Hill through the UCDC program and was an Intern and Assistant Liaison to Districts 5 and 10 in the Office of former Mayor Gavin Newsom. He currently serves as a Field Representative for U.S. Senator Kamala Harris where he leads the Senator's efforts for a complete and accurate count of the upcoming 2020 Census. Obai earned his BA from UC Berkeley and his MA from Columbia University.