Osman Ahmed, US Senator Tina Smith’s only African immigrant staffer steps down

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Osman Ahmed
Osman Ahmed, the only African immigrant in a substantive role in the office of US Senator Tina Smith is stepping down effective January 17, 2020. Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale

Days before the start of the 2020 early voting for the upcoming first presidential primary in Minnesota, Osman Ahmed, who serves as US Senator Tina Smith’s Outreach and Housing Policy Director at the Minnesota office, is stepping down to take a job in the non-profit sector.

His departure will leave Senator Smith’s Minnesota office with no person of color in a substantive role unless she hires one.

Ahmed’s resignation is effective Friday (Jan.17).

Ahmed previously worked for Senator Al Franken and stayed on when Sen. Smith took over from his former boss. Ahmed’s entry into the US Senator’s office was his key role in Franken’s first campaign as a campaign worker, where Franken won after months of recounting the votes, eventually prevailing with 312 votes. Franken then immediately hired him after assuming office.

In 2018, Ahmed unsuccessfully contested for the Minnesota House District 62A which was won by Rep. Hodan Hassan. During his time as staffer for both Franken and Smith, Ahmed has been a visible presence within the African immigrant community and credited for the popularity the two senators have continued to enjoy within it.

Ahmed was among a handful of African immigrant staffers who work in the offices of Minnesota’s congressional delegation.

About Tom Gitaa

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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  1. Mr. Tom Gitaa,
    Congratulation the valuable work you are doing on Mshale news and its articles. I have been following Mshale from very beginning days and I remember it when I was a member in Coalition Pan_African Mnnesotans in Minneaplois, MN.

    Thank you again for the work of Mshale.

    Abdulkadir

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