Ubax Gardheere, MPA


Ubax is the Program Director at Puget Sound Sage. She is responsible for advancing Sage’s priorities related to equitable transit oriented development, including land use, affordable housing , community based participatory planning, leadership development and importance of racial justice in policy making.

She has worked extensively with the East African refugee/immigrant community in Washington State for over 10 years as an organizer, lobbyist, human rights advocate and Resource Development Director. Ubax is Somali- American and is tri-lingual (English, Somali and Swahili). She is the Co-founder of Culturally Appropriate and Responsive Education Center, an organization with a mission to eliminate the opportunity gap among low-income East African Youth in South King County. Ubax also serves on the boards of African Diaspora of Washington (ADWA) and the Social Justice Fund NW, a foundation working on the frontlines of social change.

Ubax has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information System from Washington State University, Fundraising Management Certificate from University of Washington and Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University. She is a “multi-parent” (single-mom) of three very energetic kids, age 9,6  and 5.

  • Email: ubax@pugetsoundsage.org
  • Phone: (206) 568-5000 ext. 18
  • Twitter: @ubaaxiina