A recording of this meeting and presentation by Isaak Mohamed can be found at the referenced link below.
The League of Women Voters - Greater Chippewa Valley will be holding their annual meeting on Thursday, May 26th from 6pm-7:15 pm at the Dunn County Judicial Center, 615 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie. The meeting is in person but will also be livestreamed here.
This meeting will feature a special presentation "From Somalia to Barron City Council, How I Got There" by Barron city councilman Isaak Mohamed. Mohamed is the first Somali American elected official in Wisconsin history.
In 2006, Mohamed fled the violence in Somalia and lived in a refugee camp in Uganda. While there he earned a social work degree and provided humanitarian aid for several agencies including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Mohamed came to Barron in 2013 and has been very involved in the community. He has served as a translator for many area agencies and has taught the Somali language and culture to teachers and staff in Barron. He also spends time working with children in the schools and volunteering with multiple youth sports teams.
Mohamed became a US citizen in 2018 and has worked with the Barron Somali Community Association assisting other Somali refugees.