Head of Admissions & Marketing Manager, Holberton School Tulsa
Obum Ukabam has spent the last 20 years focused on developing underrepresented communities. After moving to Tulsa in the spring of 2019, he became active in non-profit organizations, entrepreneurial incubators, and in the art and theater spaces. Obum is the Creator and Co-Author of "Reflections,” a ten one-act play production centered around The 1921 Black Wall Street Massacre. During the pandemic, he hosted a virtual town hall called “Running While Black” that brought together activists, creatives, and concerned citizens. In 2020, he also worked with a team to secure a national Booz Allen Foundation grant for “The Art of Us,” a new program to support 50 students with hands-on virtual learning through an art-based, social-emotional competency infused curriculum. He is a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the PhilanthrOK program, Oklahoma’s first and only accelerator for Nonprofits. He was the Board Intern for CAP Tulsa through Leadership Tulsa’s New Voices 11 program. In addition to all of these great projects, Obum is involved in many Tulsa organizations, including Opportunity Tulsa, Teach Not Punish, 100 Black Men, Tulsa Debate League, and The Met Cares Foundation to name a few. Obum holds a BA in Corporate Communication with a minor in Africana Studies from Central Missouri State University. While attending CMSU, he became an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc member and served as the President of the Zeta Gamma Chapter. Previously, Obum was a member of a three-time national champion Debate Team, which went on to win The Montgomery Cup in Europe. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Faith Walker, since 2017.