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Top African immigrant in Minnesota state government departing to join Biden administration

Hamse Warf

Magazine, The Immigrant Experience, By Tom Gitaa, MSHALE,

After three years leading Gov. Walz’s efforts in providing resources and training to Minnesota workers and businesses as deputy commissioner in the state’s economic development agency, Hamse Warfa announced his departure Monday following his appointment by President Biden to serve as a senior adviser in the U.S. State Department.

Since 2019 when he was appointed to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) by Gov. Walz, Warfa has been the highest-ranking official in the executive branch of government born in Africa. He was a volunteer on Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign as an economic policy committee member.

Speaking to Mshale after the announcement from the governor’s office, Warfa said he will be relocating to Washington in about two weeks.

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