Qannani Omar
Chief Operating Officer, Adelle Foods, Co-Founder
Qannani Omar is a Co-Founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Adelle Foods, a family-owned social enterprise that sells food products in the Twin Cities. The company is named after the founders’ village in the Oromia region in Ethiopia. The company donates portions of its profits into the owners’ native village of Adelle, as well as other areas that are in desperate need of investment and transformational change. Qannani believes any successful business has a moral and ethical duty to ensure that society benefits with each dollar it nets. Adelle Foods, as a minority-female owned business, champions women entering into the field of entrepreneurship, and plans to offer mentorships and collaboration opportunities with women locally. Qannani is tasked with overseeing and managing all facets of the company, including, product development, marketing, supply chain and finance. Qannani is also a Housing Organizer for the Harrison Neighborhood Association where she advocates for public policies that are rooted in community needs and center racial justice. She works with coalition partners, non-profit organizations, and government leadership on housing issues, with an emphasis on anti-displacement policies, tenants’ rights, and equitable transit development. She is an advocate for public housing, rent stabilization, and increased investments to build community-ownership models. Qannani stays connected to her local community by volunteering with local mosques and supporting their social services efforts, primarily around food insecurity and emergency shelter. She enjoys spending her free time learning and laughing with family and friends and traveling to new places.