Policy Director, Commissioner Angela Conley, Hennepin County
Binta Kanteh is a daughter of immigrants from Gambia and is the eldest of three children. Binta was born and raised in Minnesota, primarily in Eastside Saint Paul. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Studies concentrating in Immigration and Refugee studies from DePaul University. Binta recently began her new position as Policy Director to Commissioner Angela Conley of Hennepin County. Binta’s introduction to public policy was an Internship with the office of now Congresswoman Omar when she was a State Representative. Exposure to the Minnesota House of Representatives created a path to her role as the Legislative Assistant to several different representatives and the Majority Leader of House. Some of Binta’s favorite memories at the House include her participation in the development of Majority Leader Winkler’s Driver’s Licenses for All Bill, drafting the House resolution for Juneteenth, and staffing the Select Committee on Racial Justice with Chairs Richardson and Moran. She values the opportunity to help develop policy ideas and initiatives that allow our government to progress in working better for the state’s residents. Binta hopes to serve as someone who contributes to vision and the follow through of ideas that center the well-being and humanity of Minnesotans. Binta recently completed the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Public Policy Fellowship Program and her extracurricular activities include serving as a committee member for Women Winning. She also enjoys listening to podcasts, trying new foods and teas, and going to cultural events and talks in the Twin Cities with friends and family (pre-covid-19 times). With the NLC Fellowship, Binta would like to further explore the intersection between fashion/beauty and politics, particularly through visual media and storytelling.