CLU Marketing Team (L to R): Arbazz Nizami, Joe Sallustio, Rina Dakanay. Photo courtesy of AMA/Mark Campbell This small team has worked together since early 2018, and has enjoyed ever …
Arbazz is an award-winning higher education marketer and social entrepreneur. He is Founding President of Sahaba Initiative, a nonprofit he began at the age of 17 to provide low income families with financial assistance, food and a support network to overcome poverty in San Bernardino, the second largest poorest county in the US. His organization has provided over 500,000 meals and over $450,000 to low income families. He was named to California 30 Under 30 list for his role as a game-changer and influencer among Millennials creating social change among diverse communities.
Arbazz has raised over $5 million dollars for nonprofits through digital campaigns, grown Claremont Lincoln University’s student acquisition by over 300%, and increased Sahaba Initiative’s annual revenue from $1000 to $400,000 within 4 years. Arbazz has earned his stripes as a master of social media marketing, lead generation, analytics, and taking advantage of the micro-moment.
In 2018, Sahaba Initiative was recognized as the 2018 California Nonprofit of the year. That same year he led an online campaign to purchase a building that now serves as our headquarters to provide services and has also partnered with several nonprofits to house their effort in the building. Arbazz focuses on building innovative solutions across racial, religious, and socioeconomic divides to confront the challenges of poverty and disenfranchisement in the Inland Empire.
Most recently Arbazz was nominated to join the Martin Luther King Jr Foundation board of directors to prepare global citizens to create a more just, humane and peaceful world using Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology. Among his awards are the 2019 American Marketing Association for Higher Ed Marketer Team of the Year, American Advertising Federation’s 2016 Young Achiever of the Year Award, the 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year award for Sahaba Initiative. In 2015 Arbazz created Young Inspirers, the largest network of Muslim young professionals of Southern California.