Kassim Busuri was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1987. He immigrated to the United States in 1996 when his family was awarded a sponsorship to leave the refugee camp in Kenya where they were staying. They first settled in Wheaton, Illinois, then moved around the mid-west several times before finally settling in Minnesota in 2000.
Kassim graduated from Mankato East Senior High School in 2006. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2010 from the University of Minnesota. Kassim then continued his education and received a Master of Science degree in Education and Leadership from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2013.
Kassim has worked hard as a community activist to connect the Somali-American people to the mainstream community as well as their government officials. He has more than 8 years of progressive experience in community engagement and organizing. His professional career includes positions such as Director of Minnesota Dawah Institute, Director of child care centers in St. Paul and Shakopee, a Community Ambassador, and a Youth Violence Prevention Consultant. In this capacity, he has mentored numerous young people and encouraged them to become more civically engaged.
Most recently, Kassim was appointed as Councilmember by the Saint Paul City Council to finish out the remainder of Dan Bostrom’s term on the Council which runs until December 31, 2019. Some of his priorities in this new role include: promoting business opportunities on the East Side in order to provide living wage jobs for its residents, as well as public safety. He is a strong proponent of Community Oriented Policing – developing a bond of trust and cooperation between all Saint Paul residents and their police department.
Kassim is a proud East Sider and resides in the Payne-Phalen area of Saint Paul’s East Side with his wife, and their two children.