Anisa Hajimumin

Anisa Hajimumin

Assistant commissioner for immigrant and refugee affairs

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

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Among the many lessons of 2020, the importance of diversity in business has taken on new significance. DEED appointed Anisa Hajimumin to her post in June, a brand-new position at the agency. Hajimumin has founded and led her own businesses in the past. She returned to her native Somalia from 2014 to 2017, where she served as the minister of women, development, and family affairs in the Puntland region of the country. “We know that immigrant business owners are more likely to hire immigrant workers,” Hajimumin recently wrote. “They are job creators.”