Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Al Jabbar announced that he has earned the endorsement of State Senator Josh Newman. As the Anaheim area State Senator, Newman has witnessed Trustee Jabbar’s leadership and advocacy for Anaheim students and their families and believes he will be an effective member of the City Council.
“I am very pleased to endorse Al Jabbar in his campaign for the Anaheim City Council. Throughout his tenure as a public servant, Al has built a proven record of successful service to the Anaheim community,” stated Senator Newman. “As a Trustee for the Anaheim Union High School District, Al has ensured that parents can have a voice in their children’s education while opening new pathways to college and technical careers for our youth. During the pandemic, he has provided strong leadership, especially in the effort to provide vaccinations to Anaheim residents, especially in District 3. I know that as a member of the City Council, Al Jabbar will continue to work tirelessly to ensure every resident has the resources they need to prosper.”
Senator Newman represents the 29th State Senate District, which includes Anaheim. A veteran who served as an officer in the United States Army, Senator Newman has spearheaded legislative efforts supporting veteran services and mental health resources. He has also been a partner with Trustee Jabbar in improving local schools.
“I am honored to have Senator Josh Newman’s endorsement for my campaign for Anaheim City Council,” stated Trustee Jabbar. “Senator Newman and I have collaborated on helping our students access the resources they need to succeed. I look forward to working with Senator Newman to deliver more for Anaheim residents and ensure every resident has access to a good-paying job and a healthier and safer neighborhood.”
Trustee Jabbar announced his campaign for Anaheim City Council, District 3 on September 20th. His priorities include ensuring greater access to good-paying jobs, supporting small businesses, increasing access to health care and mental health services, investing in proven solutions to address homelessness, and encouraging sustainable development and community wellness with more open spaces.
About Al Jabbar:
Al Jabbar, the son of an educator and attorney, was born and raised in Sri Lanka and immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was a teenager. When they arrived in Orange County, Jabbar enrolled at Cypress College, balancing school while working multiple jobs to support his family. He waited tables during the overnight shift at Denny’s near Disneyland and picked up hours at a nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken and Del Taco. After work, Jabbar took three buses to make his 8:00 AM class.
Jabbar used his voice to increase equity and academic support as a Cypress College student government leader and Student Trustee to the North Orange County Community College Board. After earning his Associate’s Degree, Jabbar transferred to California State University, Fullerton, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. After working in mortgage services and real estate, he returned to school and earned his Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He chose to dedicate his career to public service by working for the County of Orange Probation Department and the Orange County Health Care Agency.
He became active in several Anaheim Community Groups and was eventually appointed Anaheim Union High School District Trustee in 2013 – a position he was subsequently elected to twice. Understanding that immigrant families face barriers to accessing educational resources, Jabbar helped start the Parent Leadership Academy and played an instrumental role in creating the “Anaheim Educational Pledge.” This comprehensive student support system puts students on a pathway to college or a technical career from the day they enter Kindergarten.
He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to Supervisor Doug Chaffee, where Jabbar has directed more county resources to help Anaheim address health care and transportation needs. He also served Anaheim as a Cultural & Heritage Commissioner for seven years, helping promote the arts and several cultural events within the city.
An active member in the progressive movement, Jabbar served as a board member of the Orange County Employees Association and the Orange County Young Democrats. As the former president of the Sri Lanka Muslim Association of California, he was instrumental in providing aid to Tsunami victims and other relief.
Jabbar and his wife, Sameeha, reside in Anaheim with their three children.