Hamse Warfa makes US history as 1st Somali American presidential appointee

The White House announced this week that Hamse Warfa will join the Biden administration as the first Somali American presidential appointee in U.S. history.

1/16/2022 8:42:00 AM

The White House announced this week that Hamse Warfa will join the Biden administration, making him the first Somali American presidential appointee in U.S. history.

The White House announced this week that Hamse Warfa will join the Biden administration as the first Somali American presidential appointee in U.S. history.

Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.Hamse Warfa via FacebookThe White House announced this week that Hamse Warfa will join the Biden administration, making him the first Somali American presidential appointee in U.S. history.He is currently a deputy commissioner for workforce development in Minnesota but will come on at the end of January as a senior adviser to the State Department on civilian security, democracy and human rights. In that role, he will help develop strategies for protecting and promoting democracy at home and abroad.

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I see a lot of posts about 'American Americans' and 'Fox in a henhouse' BS. He is American, 100%. He just has the added benefit of a different culture. A benefit that provides insight and understanding of a group of people. The fears are unfounded and prejudicial racism. What position? I guess CNN doesn't care about the most important part. They only care about race!

So we went people from other countries running ours? I thought that was what the voting rights bill was trying to stop. Nothing he can do in USA but mislead and fake news . Annnnnnnnd who cares Good appointment. When someone is straight forward and good at what they do, people will always speak for them, for me I would say give Michael90078 a try and see how good her platform could lead you to success

This is going to be bad, Biden should be converting himself to Islam, The administration still has not hired a Tahitian, Zimbabwean, or a Mongolian; and I have not seen one indigenous trans person of color (ITPOC), NOT ONE. This attempt to cover up their bigotry is too little and has come too late! Previously “deputy commissioner for workforce development in Minnesota “.. this now constitutes national news. Great job

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Bad move. That could be like a fox in the henhouse. Country full of immigrants and this is a First ? 😒 What an accomplishment...🥱

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On Location: January 14, 2022 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines. Hamse Warfa via Facebook The White House announced this week that Hamse Warfa will join the Biden administration, making him the first Somali American presidential appointee in U.S. history. He is currently a deputy commissioner for workforce development in Minnesota but will come on at the end of January as a senior adviser to the State Department on civilian security, democracy and human rights. In that role, he will help develop strategies for protecting and promoting democracy at home and abroad. "My acceptance of this role is in direct response to President Biden's call to action to protect and promote democracy," he told ABC News. MORE: President Joe Biden's top-level appointees and Cabinet picks Warfa's family fled Somalia after the country's civil war started in 1991 and lived in various refugee camps across Kenya, he said. After arriving in the United States as a teenager in 1994 alongside his family, he received a bachelor's degree in political science from San Diego State University and his master's in organizational management and leadership from Springfield College in the same city. He moved to Minnesota in 2012 after he was recruited by the state's largest philanthropic foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, he explained. The 2016 election season inspired Warfa to become more active in civic engagement. "The strong anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim policy and actions, motivated me to organize and get more involved at the state level," Warfa said."Some of the Minnesota gubernatorial candidates talked about shutting down the refugee program, and in some cases, created fear about refugees in Minnesota, especially about Minnesota's Muslim, Somali community." Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images, FILE The seal of the US State Department at the State Department in Washington, DC. In 2019, the Minnesota governor's office appointed Warfa as deputy commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, making him the highest-ranking Somali American official in the state's executive branch, according to the department. Warfa's list of accomplishments also includes being the co-founder of BanQu, Inc., a blockchain service created to broaden economic opportunities for low-income people across the globe, as well as the recipient of a 2016