Habib Bako

Field Building Director
Washington, D.C.

Habib Bako serves as the Field Building Director at Ploughshares Fund. In his role, Habib plays a crucial part in advancing the mission of creating a safer world. Additionally, as the Founder and Principal of Aligned Minds, LLC, Habib leads a consultancy focusing on strategic partnerships, network development, and community engagement.

Previously, Habib served as the Senior Director of Community Engagement at Independent Sector, a national membership organization that brings together leaders from impactful nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. During his tenure, he spearheaded efforts to integrate results, racial equity, community building, and bridging practices into the organization's leadership and events programs. Habib played a key role in the launch of Upswell, a series of events centered around racial justice featuring prominent speakers and thought leaders.

He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business from the University of Maryland, College Park and has been trained as a practitioner in Results Count, Facilitative Leadership, Lean Startup, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. He also spends time on his passion of bridging divides and building unity within the African diaspora.