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Twin Rivers Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 5

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Basim Elkarra

Parent/Nonprofit Director
2,566 votes (55.76%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase student achievement, reduce class sizes and hire and retain quality teachers.
  • Work with district police officers, school resource officers, teachers and administrators to provide safe, healthy, and technologically modern classrooms.
  • Regain taxpayers’ faith in district management by improving transparency and making sure every dollar is spent in the classroom.



Profession:Parent/Nonprofit Director
Executive Director, CAIR Sacramento Valley (2004–current)
Former chair and current member, Los Rios Community College's Bond Oversight committee — Appointed position (2011–current)
School Site Council, Regency Park Elementary School — Elected position (2015–current)
Community Police Commissioner, City of Sacramento — Appointed position (2015–current)
Mutlicultural Advisory Committee, Sacramento Police Department — Appointed position (2008–2013)


University of California at Berkeley B.A., Political Science (2003)


Basim Elkarra is the former chair and current member of  the Los Rios Community College's Bond Oversight committee, where he protects taxpayers by ensuring that Bonds totaling over $200 million are expended for the construction, repair, and modernization of Los Rios' campuses.  Basim Elkarra and the Oversight Committee help ensure that school bond funds are invested as the voters intended and that projects are completed wisely and efficiently. in 2015, Elkarra was elected by the parents of Regency Park Elementary to serve on the School Site Council. 

For over a decade Basim Elkarra has served as the Executive Director of the Sacramento office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), a nonprofit whose mission to protect civil liberties, encourage dialogue and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. In 2005, Elkarra co-founded a youth leadership program at the California State Capitol that has graduated over 450 high school students. He also organizes an annual College and Career Fair out of California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

Basim Elkarra testifies in hearings at the State Capitol and appears in the media as a regular commentator on civil rights issues. He has also consulted for the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) and has trained law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento Valley. In 2015, the Sacramento City Council appointed Elkarra to the Community Police Commission.

Basim Elkarra previously served on numerous committees including: the Sacramento Police Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Sacramento Police Chief Selection Committee, Sacramento State University Community Council, Sacramento Library Multicultural Advisory Committee, Natomas Unified School District Multicultural Advisory Committee, New Leaders Council (Sacramento) Advisory Board and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association's (APAPA) Outreach Committee. In 2014, Elkarra was featured on the cover of Comstock magazine, as a young professional who is shaping the future of the Sacramento Valley.

Basim Elkarra holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum (ALF) and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP). Basim and his wife, Sarah, live in Regency Park with their four children. His daughter Talia attends Regency Park Elementary.

Basim Elkarra's commitment to defending civil rights and building bridges between communities has brought him an array of public recognition and awards, including:

  • California State Legislature Resolution #52064
  • Daruma Civil Rights Award, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
  • Distinguished Leadership Award, Organization of Chinese Americans
  • MLK Outstanding Community Leadership Award, Senator Lois Wolk & Assemblymember Mariko Yamada

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