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Jaylani Hussein

Executive Director, CAIR-MN
Minneapolis, MN

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As the executive director of CAIR's Minnesota chapter, Jaylani Hussein uses his platform to comment on and engage with both local and national issues and events related to Muslim rights.


Jaylani Hussein is the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). He previously worked as the Community Liaison Officer at Metro State University and as a Planner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He also created Zeila Consultants to develop and offer cross-cultural training workshops on East African cultures. Mr. Hussein specializes in the areas of urban planning, community development, youth development, and legal and civil rights. Mr. Hussein has been active with various community organizations in Minnesota, including the Islamic Cultural Center of Minnesota Board of Directors, Wilder Foundation Advisory Board, Muslim Youth of Minnesota Advisory Board, Islamic Resource Group Speakers Bureau, and ARAHA Board of Directors. He has received the 2015 the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) annual "Visionary Leader” Award and the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Mr. Hussein has appeared on national and international outlets including ABC News, CNN, Fox Business, NPR, and BBC. Mr. Hussein holds degrees in Community Development and City Planning from St. Cloud State University and Political Science from North Dakota State University.


  • Religion & Interfaith
  • National Security/Law
  • Arts & Culture

Issue Areas

Youth/Families, Islam, Somali Issues, Discrimination and Bigotry

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Women issues related to Islam (prefer a women to address them) Complex Religious questions including fatwas etc.

Articles, Publications and Appearances

Associated Press | Jan 24, 2019