Abdi Warsame was born in Somalia and grew up in the United Kingdom where he studied and attained a bachelor’s in business and a master’s in international business. He moved to Minneapolis in 2006, shortly landing a job in the financial sector.
Warsame was the founder and spokesperson for the Citizen’s Committee for Fair Redistricting, which took part in the redistricting process that aimed to create a more equitable and representative political map of Minneapolis, with the intent to create better opportunities for all residents of the city. The Citizen’s Committee lobbying was a historic success and today’s current map of the city including Wards 6 and 9 are a testament to their hard work.
Warsame was elected to the Minneapolis City Council in November 2013. In winning the seat, Warsame became the first Somali-American elected to the council and the first in the nation to win a municipal election.
Warsame was the former Board Chair of the Cedar Riverside-Neighborhood Revitalization Program as well as the executive director of the Riverside Plaza Tenants Association.
Warsame is a Somali-American and a practicing Muslim. He lives with his family in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis