Biftu Bussa is a Community Representative at the Office of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Her portfolio includes agriculture, housing, education, healthcare, immigration and foreign travel, technology and science, and youth issues. Biftu does outreach/organizing work within the community and casework on behalf of constituents of the 5th district. Currently, she also supervisors the internship and fellowship program, supports the communications team and does in-district scheduling for the Congresswoman. Prior to joining the Congresswoman's district office, Biftu worked on Ilhan Omar's campaign for Congress and as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Regions Hospital.
Biftu was born in Des Moines, 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. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, and earned her B.S in Public Health and a minor in Psychology. During her time at St. Kate's, Biftu was the Student Senate President and held various internship positions around healthcare access, research, advocacy, and diversity and inclusion. She interned with CAPI USA, The Advocates for Human Rights, Governor Mark Dayton's Office of Inclusion, and was a Capitol Pathways intern with Lutheran Social Services. After graduation, Biftu completed a Public Health Scholars program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Morehouse College. She spent the summer interning at the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD), where she researched and analyzed lead poisoning in children under the age of six. She presented her findings as an oral and poster presentation at the CHD and CDC.
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 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.