Atiba works with the Concepts team supporting the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) State Exchange on Employment & Disability’s (SEED) policy development that promotes disability employment policy and engages targeted state and local intermediary organizations to promote disability inclusive workforce policy.
With the SEED team, he identifies ways to create strategic partnerships that lead to greater inclusion with state and local policy makers and strengthen existing relationships with groups serving minority communities that promote awareness of the intersectionality of disability, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Atiba brings more than 25 years of experience building coalitions and expertise in legislative strategy and outreach to address issues that impact inequities in African American and Hispanic American communities. Throughout his career he has engaged with communities and the private sector.
His experience building coalitions and relationships led to invitations to participate in 2007 on the first historic international trip of African American leaders to Israel with the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC). In 2014 he was invited to join former South African Ambassador to the U.S., Ebrahim Rasoul on a trip designed specifically to coincide with the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s of the election of President Nelson Mandela.
From 2002-2009, Atiba was the Deputy Executive Director for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) where he established relations with the Bush White House, created an annual meeting between the NBCSL and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), facilitated an ongoing partnership with the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) that led to the creation of a quad caucus that today includes the Native American Caucus of State Legislators and the National Caucus of Asian Pacific Islanders.
Atiba has worked as a TV political contributor for BNC News and is a frequent guest on The Heat, In the Know with Moe, The Leslie Marshall Show, iHeart Radio, GovExec, 96.3 WHUR, and the One America News Network. He also has been featured in The Hill, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Financial Times. In 2020, Atiba released his first novel, Saving Grace, a political thriller set in Washington, DC.