Hawah Kasat is the Co-founder and former Executive Director of One Common Unity (OCU), a non-profit that supports a movement for peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through music, arts, and mindfulness. Over the past 21 years, OCU has been healing fractured communities and has impacted the lives of over 37,500 vulnerable youth and families, and has trained over 12,500 educators. During his tenure of leadership, OCU grew to over 32 full-time employees and is now operating in 24 public and charter schools. He has extensive experience fundraising, overseeing and managing a $3.5 million-dollar annual budget, and expertise in board of directors' growth and management, human resources, strategic partnerships, marketing and communications, budget oversight, program design & development, and risk management.
Under Hawah's leadership, OCU received the prestigious Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Humanities. In 2018, OCU was awarded the National SHIFT Award for its pioneering work in integrating the healing arts with environmental stewardship. In 2019, Hawah was honored to receive Georgetown University's "Legacy Of A Dream" Award at the Kennedy Center. The University presents the award annually to an inspirational emerging leader whose work embodies the values and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the years prior, Hawah held a fellowship with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation to work as a special representative to the United Nations and the World Conference Against Racism. As a teacher and facilitator, he has worked with all types of students from diverse demographics including at public and private schools, the Washington Post, law firms, yoga studios, festivals, conferences, youth recreation centers, and prisons. Today, he continues to lead trainings for teachers and students in conflict resolution, conscious leadership, trauma-informed care, positive youth development, mindfulness, social-emotional literacy, and the healing arts.