Sarah McKenzie

Rybak appoints Samatar to Library Board


Businessman will be highest-ranking Somali public official in United States

Hussein Samatar, a Somali businessman and library advocate, has been appointed to the Minneapolis Library Board of Trustees, making him one of the highest-ranking Somali public officials in the nation, city officials say.

Samatar, a South Minneapolis resident who frequents the Franklin Community Library with his family, is the executive director of the African Development Center near the University of Minnesota’s West Bank, where he teaches new immigrants economic development strategies.


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