Abass B. Kamara

For more than a decade, Abass B. Kamara has served in the political, governmental, and corporate spheres of both the City of Pittsburgh and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Currently with the Carey Group, Abass served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Pittsburgh Penguins and he retains the team as a client. His stint with the Penguins was preceded by his time as a Special Assistant to Governor Edward G. Rendell during both terms as Governor.

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A native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Cornell University, Abass is an active member of his church, Albright United Methodist, and various other community oriented boards and volunteer groups including: RiverLife, East End Cooperative Ministries, Reading is Fundamental, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and The Pittsburgh Police Foundation.

This is Abass’ Short List:

A Prayer for the City by Buzz Bissinger

“Prayer” is one of the most powerful and gritty descriptions of efforts to repair and revitalize a great American city. One of my many inspirations to work for former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell’s book is one of the most thoughtful readings of how the human mind truly understands and the thought processes and how our brains take in stimuli and outside information.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Reading The Tao of Pooh the afternoon of my graduation from Cornell was one of the most relaxing and soulful experiences of my life. Using characters from some of my favorite books, this “Tao” uses popular culture and broad Buddhist themes to describe and force readers to think about what is their path.

A Passion for the Possible by William Sloane Coffin

Passion for the Possible is a real call to action and inclusivity for mainline-Protestant churches.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

Lewis’s account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team is interesting breakdown of the sabermetric models within baseball as well as a new perspective on putting together a team or organization in any sphere of life.

Zainabu’s African Cookbook: With Food and Stories by Zainabu Kpaka Kallon

Zainabu’s African Cookbook: With Food and Stories is my mother’s magnum opus. It weaves her love of cooking with stories of her life here and her native Sierra Leone. It serves as a reminder to me that dreams really can come true.


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