2019 Fellows Shout-out Series: Halimo Ismail

  • Posted on: 21 June 2020
  • By: minnesotangos

MINN is proud to announce that our 2019 cohort of Fellows are graduating (already!) These ten incredible individuals represent important voices and perspectives in Minnesota's international development community, and we're excited to see what they accomplish next. Follow along as we highlight the graduating 2019 Fellows in our Fellows Shout-Out blog series:


Halimo Ismail is a public health specialist with Ramsey County. She recently received her Master of Public Health from St. Catherine University and received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota. Over the years Halimo has been involved in working with humanitarian organizations such as ALIGHT, American Red Cross, and Minnesota Council of Churches

Halimo applied to be a MINN Fellow as she is new to the field of International Development and a recent graduate. She wanted to learn more about International Development and connect with people working in the field. She is so grateful she did, as she would not be where she is today without the MINN Fellowship. The fellowship far exceeded her expectations in terms of the information and knowledge gained and the connections she made.

The relationships built and knowledge of the International Development community in Minnesota are two of the take-aways Halimo has from the MINN Fellowship. She has also grown as an individual and is now seeking additional opportunities and building herself up professionally. One example is her new volunteer position with Disability Services International, something different that she would not have sought out previously. Halimo is now also a fellow with Mama Hope’s Global Advocate Program and recently completed a course on public health with John Hopkins. In short, Halimo credits the MINN Fellowship to her pushing herself further, taking more professional risks, and gaining new perspectives.

Moving forward, Halimo will continue to further her career in the field of International Development, hopefully working with refugees globally and being an advocate for immigrant communities. She will be open to taking different opportunities and is excited for what lies ahead. She has also signed up to volunteer with MINN and hopes to stay engaged where possible.

MINN will be recruiting for its next cohort of Fellows later this summer. If you are interested in learning more, please inquire with [email protected] or learn more on the Fellows website

As always, thank you to the McKnight Foundation for supporting this important program!