As Director of Government Relations and Community Affairs, Obai guides Bay Area clients through policy and community building practices that support their goals in California. Driven to design solutions that move society forward, Obai offers innovative and thoughtful plans for clients working through legislation, communications, and community engagement.
An activist at heart, Obai was involved in politics before he was old enough to vote. Born and raised in San Francisco and Vallejo, Obai earned his degree in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Obai was selected as a California State Assembly Fellow then went on to serve as a legislative aide in the California State Legislature. There he tracked, updated and advised on policy related to health, education, business, transportation, labor and technology. His collaborative work and stakeholder engagement helped usher multiple bills through the legislature.
Obai has since worked in private and governmental roles on both coasts. While earning his Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration on Housing and Urban Development at Columbia University, he worked as an Administrative Policy Officer for the City of New York. There he developed a deep knowledge of city processes and found solutions to improve customer service while saving time and streamlining operations. He also acted as a Project Manager for a California-based government affairs agency, where he managed a team working on land use interests and developed projects in support of the company’s non-profit activities.
Prior to joining S360, Obai served as the Bay Area Field Representative for U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. In this role, he led and managed the Senator’s statewide coordination efforts to secure a complete and accurate Census count along with a team of eight. He also developed policy and strategic recommendations, acted as a liaison with Bay Area leaders, and built community outreach plans in the region for the Senator. Obai offered insightful advice and practical solutions on an array of critical issues facing Californians, including housing and homelessness, healthcare, and environmental policy.
Obai has been deeply involved with Democratic organizing since college, even co-founding the Black Young Democrats of San Francisco. He has subsequently served on committees and boards for several party-affiliated groups working to bolster community engagement and promote key priorities including housing affordability and social issues. Obai is motivated with the belief that the Bay Area has great potential to innovate and set an example for the rest of the country to follow.
Obai holds a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in Human Rights with a focus on housing and urban development from Columbia University.