Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | September 16, 2022 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is excited to announce that Rashad Al-Dabbagh will receive the Community Champion Award at this year’s Alex Odeh Memorial Gala. This award is being presented to Rashad for his unwavering commitment and leadership to the community throughout his career. As Founder and Executive Director of the Arab American Civic Council he has worked to empower Arab Americans in California, and played an instrumental role in achieving the official recognition of Little Arabia by the City of Anaheim. The Gala will be held on Saturday, October 8 at the Delta Hotels Anaheim Garden Grove.
Rashad Al-Dabbagh is the Founder and Executive Director of the Arab American Civic Council (AACC), an Anaheim-based grassroots organization that builds Arab American community power through civic participation. Rashad was instrumental in building the groundwork coalition to make Little Arabia in Anaheim be officially designated in August 2022, the first-of-its-kind designation in the United States.
During each election cycle, Rashad and his team register hundreds of voters, and mobilize thousands of Arab Americans to vote. For example, ahead of the 2022 primaries AACC contacted more than 25,000 Arab American households in Orange County through phone banking, sms messages, and door-to-door canvassing, leading to a significant increase of turnout among Arab American voters. In late 2015, Rashad helped launch the Refugees Welcome Guidebook – a project co-led by AACC – to support refugee resettlement through advocacy campaigns, as well as a hyper-local guidebook to help refugees navigate and feel at home in the Greater LA Area. He has also been a leader in promoting April as Arab American Heritage Month in California, securing more than a dozen proclamations to celebrate the month. Recognizing his work’s impact on Orange County, the OC Weekly named Rashad ‘The Organizer’ in its 2019 People Issue.
Previously, Rashad served as a Partnership Specialist with the US Census Bureau and Associate Director of ACCESS California Services, and is a past President of the Network of Arab American Professionals of Orange County. From 2013 to 2021 Rashad was an elected Delegate to the California Democratic Party, where he served as the Party’s Arab American Caucus Vice Chair. Rashad was born in Saudi Arabia and immigrated to California in 1999. He received a Master of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton.
October 7 – October 8, 2022
Delta Hotels Anaheim Garden Grove
12021 Harbor Boulevard Garden Grove, California 92840