Abdi Warsame was elected as the Ward 6 Council Member in 2013 after serving as the Executive Director of the Riverside Plaza Tenants Association and as the Board Chair of the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program. He was born in Somalia and raised in the United Kingdom before settling in Minneapolis in 2006. Abdi fell in love with the city right away and says it's the only place he's been able to identify as "home." He currently lives with his wife and 3 children in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.
For Abdi, Minneapolis represents opportunity. As a home to thousands of immigrants, it is one of the few places where the American dream can materialize for people who otherwise would not have it within their grasp. Still, Abdi sees that the status quo is not working for all citizens of Minneapolis, particularly communities of color and the working poor. Abdi works to transform our city to one that is both economically competitive, and socially just by building upon the strengths of Minneapolis and its people while addressing the systemic inequities that burden many of our neighbors.
As Ward 6 Council Member, Abdi is committed to ensuring historically marginalized communities are heard and have their concerns addressed. No matter how large or small their issue, Ward 6 residents know they can count on Abdi to help them when they need it.
Abdi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Middlesex University and a Masters Degree in International Business from the University of Greenwich.