Director, ILM Foundation #Inkerij

I see society spiritually growing and becoming more aligned to ethical leadership and human rights. We are all social innovators seeking to improve ourselves, using religious-academic-business strategies. Shifting elements for designed actions of compassion, community organizing which all drives the imagination.
— Umar Hakim, from California Community Foundation Heroes interview

A native of the city of Compton, Umar A. Hakim serves as Executive Director of ILM (Intellect Love Mercy) Foundation. After a 13 year career in telecommunications, Umar shifted careers to become an urban entrepreneur, which opened him to social and community service. He earned a business management degree from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s Degree in Ethical Leadership from Claremont Lincoln.

Umar is now responsible for facilitating ILM’s social-preneurial vision for social change, where change means providing an intuitive educational experience that empowers local Angelinos. Umar draws on the key principle of Facilitative Leadership to coordinate ILM’s programming, which include Humanitarian Day, Go Beyond the G.A.M.E, and SEED. Umar says, “We organize these heterogenic components for human and leadership development...which also encourages interfaith dialogue and developing relationships across a wide scope of positive people.”

As an active alum with American Muslim Civic Leadership (AMCLI) Institute, and he is a facilitator trainer for its national program housed at USC Center of Religion Civic Culture. Through this training, he contributed  to civic-social organizations including NewGround Muslim ~ Jewish Partnership for Change, created a partnership with California/LA Voice PICO network, and is an active participant with the City of LA Emergency Operations Center for Disaster Response and Relief. In 2012, Umar founding principal for INKERIJ, which is an advisory organization that believes “encouragement” is stronger tool, for consulting and social media content. Our focus is to design encouraging next steps for leaders in need of clarity, so professionals can better connect socially and lead a successful culture.