Biftu Bussa
Community Engagement Chair, NLC Twin Cities

Biftu Bussa is a Community Representative at the Office of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Her portfolio includes agriculture, housing, education, unemployment, technology and science, and youth issues. Biftu does outreach/organizing work within the community and casework on behalf of constituents of the 5th district. She also currently serves on the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

Biftu was born in Iowa but has lived most of her life in Minneapolis and Ethiopia. At the age of 17, Biftu came back from Ethiopia on her own to pursue her education. She attended St. Kate's and earned her B.S in Public Health. During her college experience, Biftu was the Student Senate President and held various internship positions around healthcare access and diversity and inclusion.

Biftu's career is driven by her passion for advancing the health and wellbeing of marginalized communities through holistic and preventative health. She aspires to one-day practice human rights law and to advocate for healthcare policies that create better health outcomes for all. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors, listening to R&B and soul music, and spending time with friends and family.