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

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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

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale 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 previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale 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 previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

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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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