Fardousa Jama Officially Launches Campaign for City Council
MANKATO, MINN. — Fardousa Jama, a long-time Mankato resident, community activist and director of a local non-profit organization today officially launched her campaign to represent Ward 3 on the Mankato City Council.
“I love Mankato. My family has been here since 1997 and I’ve seen the community change a lot and enjoyed working to be a positive a part of that change,” Jama said. “I feel like there is a lot I can bring to the City Council. I’m an immigrant and a refugee, who grew up in Mankato and graduated from Mankato East, became a citizen and returned to Mankato after college to continue to live and work here. I have seen and experienced Mankato through many different lenses and I think all those perspectives that I’ve gathered over the years would be an asset on our City Council.”
Through her work as the executive director of the Barwaaqo Organization, Fardousa has gained attention for her leadership and community impact, including recognition as a YWCA Young Woman of Distinction and Salvation Army Volunteer of the Year. In her work within the community, Fardousa often calls on her communication skills, her ability to network across communities and her personal positivity to take on tough challenges.
“In working on programs like the Emerging Workforce Coalition (with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development), organizing community events like Breaking The Fast, and participating in things like the Youth and Cops soccer program, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mankato’s business community, neighborhood associations and public safety. And in my work with Meals on Wheels, Bundle Me Warm and other programs through the Salvation Army, I’ve also been able to work with some of Mankato’s marginalized families. In the process, I’ve gotten to know people and learn about experiences in a broad cross-section of Mankato life. I look forward to working on City Council to bring those diverse viewpoints together and represent all of Mankato.”