Bishop Omar Jahwar is the CEO and founder of Urban Specialists, an internationally renowned community center that works to end senseless violence. Bishop Omar has long been the voice of Dallas’ urban communities, most notably in the areas of social change and eradicating violence.
He and Gary Sutton teamed up and found Momentum Conversations and establish a framework to bring black and white Christians together to break bread and bridge the racial divide. Courageous and grace-filled conversations are something Bishop Omar believes in and he is excited to see what the Lord will do with these Momentum Conversation relationships.
Bishop Omar has spent 23 years promoting strong families, helping to strengthen communities and advocating for peace. Since the age of 17, he has worked diligently to curb the violence plaguing our communities and has thus become a prominent leader within the urban community.
More than 20 years ago, Bishop Omar became the first state-appointed gang specialist in Texas. In this role, he negotiated peace terms between incarcerated rival gang members and, in 2000, brought more than 400 gang members together to negotiate the first peace treaty between the infamous Blood and Crip gangs in Dallas.
Today, Bishop Omar is known all over the world for his results-driven approach to interrupting senseless violence and bringing about positive change in communities with high crime and poverty rates. He has inspired and provided solutions around the country for businesses, educational institutions and school districts, nonprofit organizations, congregations and communities.
As an authority in dealing with gang violence, he has spoken at the White House on multiple occasions and has consulted with Russian officials on gang issues. His pipeline from the Hood to the White House is filled with a host of historically “unusual” partnerships and creative alliances that extends to his shared network.
Cymber Robinson was hired in 2019 by Bishop Omar and his team and has been serving in the role of Assistant to the Director of Urban Specialist. Cymber has been actively involved in Heal America Tours and gang intervention through OGU national cohort meetings.
Her previous roles have included Head Start, educational training for teachers, and a charter school, all focused on helping people in urban communities improve their lives. She has almost 15 years of experience working with youth in urban communities.