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Zakir Parpia

Zak landed at CalSAC in 2010 after 5 years supporting youth athletics programs, leagues and coaches in the Bay Area. It all started with a part-time job at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco coaching t-ball and boys’ lacrosse. Coaching part-time quickly blossomed into a full-time position coordinating the JCCSF’s youth athletics program – a year-round afterschool and summer program serving ages 3-14. Through teaching Pee-Wee Sports and Movement to preschoolers, his first assignment on the job, he realized his love and talent for putting youth development theory into practice.

His passion for youth development grew into a passion for developing high quality coaches and programming which led to positions overseeing city-wide youth athletics leagues and eventually a position with Coaching Corps – a Bay Area intermediary organization focused on strengthening communities through the power of service and sports. At Coaching Corps, he began to deepen his competencies as a technical assistance provider to Bay Area afterschool programs working to develop youth sports programming infused with strong youth development practices and values.

Zak grew up outside of Seattle, Washington playing sports and biking endlessly around his neighborhood. Play has always been a big part of how he engages with the world, thus, afterschool programs have been a natural home for his youthful energy. Through his studies of Sociology at the University of San Francisco, and his intersecting identities as a transman of color, Zak brings a strong equity analysis to his work with CalSAC.

Zak is currently the Director of Programs at CalSAC. In his spare time you can find him at the gym, cooking for his wife or cozied up on the couch with his cat Owl, dog Athena, and a good book.

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