Economic Advocate. Policy Advisor. Public Servant.
I came to the U.S. when I was three years old with my family, after the outbreak of a civil war in Somalia. One of our first ports of entry into America was at Sea-Tac Airport. Similar to many families, we came to the United States to build a better life and contribute to our new home.
I grew up watching my mother juggle her job at Sea-Tac Airport, her job as a daycare provider, and her home responsibilities. When I was 15, I started working as an elementary school tutor and working at our local businesses to help my family make ends meet.
(1) Hamdi’s grade school portrait
(2) Hamdi far right photo taken in Africa
(3) Hamdi and her mother in Kent, WA
I HAVE LIVED AND WORKED IN KING COUNTY FOR OVER 15 YEARS
My family has managed to survive and thrive throughout King County—I have lived in Kent, Burien, SeaTac and Seattle. With over a decade of experience and a Law, Societies, and Justice degree from the University of Washington, I have been tackling policy issues at the local and federal level. I am ready to address our community’s most pressing issues at the Port.
(2) University of Washington graduation day!
(3) Hamdi at the MLK Day Rally at Garfield High School with her niece, nephew, and Councilmember Larry Gossett.
Today, I live in SeaTac with my incredible husband, Daud Ali, a nonprofit organization founder, and a long-time SeaTac Airport employee. I’m a proud aunty and mentor to dozens of young people, and I’m working hard to protect their generation’s future and beyond.
(2) Hamdi, Congresswoman Jayapal, Daud
(3) Hamdi and Daud handing out items at the Federal Way testing site. A friend took the picture.
(4) Hamdi and her husband building homes for veterans
I HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING FOR CONGRESS AND KING COUNTY GOVERNMENT. I HAVE WORKED WITH LOCAL NONPROFITS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
I serve as a Policy Advisor for the King County Executive Office of Equity and Social Justice, where my job is to advance equitable economic development for King County. I believe our results speak for themselves: our efforts have supported forty international immigrant-owned women business-facing displacement in SeaTac. Our team helped secure millions toward an international marketplace to support tourism and provided economic opportunities for immigrant and refugee communities facing displacement in Tukwila.
To promote coronavirus testing in the South King County areas, I led an effort for King County Public Health to partner with national leaders to provide two days of free COVID-19 testing, as well as free face coverings and care packages to over 3,500 individuals and families. Additionally, we managed to offer on-site interpretation for over 25 different languages by partnering with local and community health clinics. Our efforts were recognized by Governor Jay Inslee, Congressman Adam Smith, and King County health leaders.
Prior to serving King County, I was Deputy District Director for U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. In this role, I advocated for federal workers impacted by the partial government shutdown in 2019. I stood with them in the streets and utilized our constituent services to help them receive the entitled unemployment benefits. I helped hundreds of small and medium business —software companies, stores, restaurants, non-profit organizations—navigate the impacts of new public policies. By facilitating disputes with federal agencies in matters like visa, tax, shipment, and contractual issues, we managed to keep businesses running and growing. I worked closely with employment and immigration lawyers to ensure federal agencies treated constituent cases fairly and expeditiously.
I addressed constituent issues, often serving as a conduit between them and several government agencies, such as The U.S. Department of Labor Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Embassies and Consulates. By employing my advocacy and leadership skills, we saved millions of dollars for residents and businesses across King County. I am also proud to have worked for CARE International and the Refugee Women Alliance in roles dedicated to fighting poverty and empowering immigrants.
(2) Hamdi on a panel with the Love Beyond Borders Delegation
(3) A community meeting to support small businesses
(4) Washington State Redistricting Hearing in 2011
Now, I want to continue serving my community as Port Commissioner. We have a beautiful landscape, a thriving economy, and a diverse and growing population, but not everyone is benefiting from our growth. We need a community representative that strives for sustainability, climate resilience, healthy communities, and real equitable economic development for all. I want to be that voice on the Port Commission and hope to earn your support. Please see my Vision page to learn more. Thank you!
Friends of Hamdi
P.O. Box 69383
Seatac, WA 98168
Paid for by friends of Hamdi
Pitch in Today
Please donate whatever you can afford to support our port for the people campaign