I’m running because the people of the 50th district deserve better. For the community that helped raise me, for my family and friends, for the thousands of community organizers in San Diego, Temecula and Riverside who said 'Yes We Can' in 2008 and 2012.
Born in East San Diego County, Ammar is a small business owner, former White House intern & Administration official, writer and activist. From his first job in church ministry, community organizing for a presidential campaign, serving in the White House, advocating for small businesses in Washington, D.C., supporting underserved veterans, to fighting for the American worker at the U.S. Department of Labor, Ammar has devoted his life to service.
At the U.S. Department of Labor, Ammar led the national Office of Public Affairs for the Employment and Training Administration. In this role, Ammar was instrumental in leading a nationwide effort to double and diversify the number of Registered Apprenticeships in America, an earn-while-you-learn job that pays workers an average $60,000 a year. Ammar also worked on assisting American workers who were laid off due to unfair trade deals (TAA), expanding aid for farm workers, launching youth summer jobs programs, helping provide vocational training and rehabilitation services to those involved in the criminal justice system, improving reemployment services and cracking down on unemployment fraud.
Ammar and his family lived through war in the Middle East during the late 90s, leaving him with wounds both seen and unseen. It is in these broken places where Ammar's strongest bonds with wounded veterans emerge. As congressman, Ammar will fight to provide veterans and their families seeking access to affordable healthcare, housing, and jobs training programs.
From living through war, to returning to the U.S. on the eve of September 11, 2001, Ammar witnessed how destructive people can be in the name of their ideological differences. He also witnessed how honorable people can be when united by their shared humanity. In 2012, Ammar worked alongside thousands of people, whom in the spirit of public service, volunteered their labor and love in advocacy of a common cause: reelecting President Barack Obama.
Ammar served as Deputy Regional Field Director for the Obama campaign, where he helped oversee Southern California’s grassroots operations, with the primary responsibility of establishing a regional office headquarters in San Diego, CA.Following the election, Ammar served at the White House in the Executive Office of the President, handling President Obama’s official correspondence sent by American citizens, veterans, world leaders, and CEOs of Fortune 500s. Everyday, 10 letters were selected and delivered to President Obama to inform his decisions. Ammar's time at the White House helped him further understand the daily struggles of the American people.
Ammar is a staunch advocate for minority, women, immigrant and veteran-owned small businesses. While serving at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), Ammar helped small businesses secure federal contracts as well as procurement opportunities with larger companies seeking to diversify their supply chains with minority-owned firms who reflect the communities they serve.
Ammar owns a small business called ACN Strategies, helping small businesses and non-profits with smaller operations and budgets compete against their larger counterparts. He graduated from San Diego State University, with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Philosophy.