Caliph Assagai is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and life coach born and raised in Sacramento, California. His focus as a speaker and coach is helping young professionals connect to their passions and achieve their highest potential for service through entrepreneurship or organizational leadership.
Caliph is the co-founder of Seeds to Success, a personal development community in Sacramento. He is also the founder of Public Interest Advocacy, a public policy advocacy firm specializing in social justice and criminal justice issues.
Caliph was recognized as one of Sacramento’s Top 40 Under 40 Young Professionals by the Sacramento Business Journal in 2015. He was also recognized as one of Sacramento’s Top 30 Under 30 by the The Sacramento Observer in 2006.
Prior to entering the world of entrepreneurship, Caliph demonstrated his leadership in public service roles. He worked for several large non-profits, including serving as the Legislation and Public Policy Director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness – California. He also served as a member of the Sacramento County Juvenile Justice Commission and as the Chair of the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Commission.
Caliph then attended UCLA School of Law, where he earned is Juris Doctorate with specializations in Public Interest Law and Policy and and Critical Race Studies. While at UCLA Law, he served as Professional Graduate Mentor in the law school’s Academic Outreach Office, counseling undergraduate students on admissions to law school and professional school.
Caliph earned his B.A. in Political Science at UC Davis. He served as a Senator and as President of the Associated Students of UC Davis. Upon graduation, Caliph worked as a California Senate Fellow in the California State Capitol; as the State-Federal Relations Fellow at the California Institute for Federal Policy Research in Washington D.C.; and as a Legislative Aide in the California State Assembly.
Caliph grew up in Greenhaven and attended McClatchy High School.