Zahirah is President and CEO of SLATE-Z, a collective impact effort addressing economic revitalization and environmental sustainability in South Los Angeles. SLATE-Z collaborates with 100 local partners and is part of a national Promise Zone Network working to transform 22 high poverty communities. Core to SLATE-Z’s work is implementing transformative multi-million-dollar projects focused on economic development, climate mitigation, and mobility. Prior to joining SLATE-Z, Zahirah managed collaborative and capacity building initiatives at the Annenberg Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Before entering philanthropy, Zahirah represented a broad array of nonprofit and governmental entities as a community economic development and environmental attorney, working at the Natural Resources Defense Council and other institutions.