The local Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-MN, has named Jaylani Hussein as the new executive director of the Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
Hussein, whose family moved to Minnesota from Somalia in 1993, has been CAIR-MN's outreach director. Before that, he worked as community liaison officer at Metro State University and was a planner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
He succeeds CAIR-MN co-founder and former executive director Lori Saroya, who said in the announcement: "CAIR-MN has completed its founding phase. We are certain that Jaylani's excellent leadership skills, sincerity and passion for civil rights will help move CAIR-MN into its next stage."