Director of programs
Zakir Parpia (Zak) landed at CalSAC in 2010 after 5 years supporting youth athletics programming, leagues and coaches in the Bay Area. It all started with a part-time job at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) coaching t-ball and boys’ lacrosse. Through teaching Pee-Wee Sports and Movement to preschoolers, his first assignment as a full-time Youth Athletics Coordinator, Zak uncovered his love and talent for putting youth development theory into practice. Zak’s passion for youth development developed into a desire to support and develop high quality coaches and programs, which led to positions overseeing city-wide leagues and eventually a position with Coaching Corps. At Coaching Corps, a Bay Area intermediary focused on strengthening communities through the power of service and sports, 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. Building upon his study of Sociology at the University of San Francisco and his lived experience as a transman of color, Zak strives to bring a compassionate and intersectional approach to his work and relationships. Zak is passionate about designing and supporting educational opportunities in which youth are challenged intellectually and loved unconditionally. He is currently a fellow in the 2019 Oakland Surge Institute Fellowship for leaders of color in education and serves as the tri-chair for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division’s Equity Committee.
Outside of work, you can find him on biking adventures around Alameda and Oakland, lifting at the gym, or listening to podcasts while cooking up something tasty for his wife and friends. He’s most happy when hunkered down with his wife, dog Athena, cat Owl, and a great book, a challenging Sudoku puzzle, or an episode of America’s Next Top Model.