Ilhan is an accomplished legislator, policy analyst, community organizer, non-profit leader, public speaker, board member, youth mentor, and an award-winning human rights advocate.

Policy Expert

  • Assistant Minority Leader at the Minnesota Legislature with assignments to three committees: Civic Law and Data Practices Policy; Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance; State Government Finance
  • Appointed to and Chaired Governor Dayton's Young Women's Initiative
  • Director of Policy, Women Organizing Women
  • Former Minneapolis City Council Senior Policy Aide
  • Humphrey Policy Fellow
  • Child Nutrition Outreach Coordinator, MN Department of Education
  • Community Nutrition Educator, University of Minnesota

Coalition Builder

  • VoteRunLead 2018 Keynote Speaker
  • National American Muslim Democratic Caucus Member
  • Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, Member of America's Cabinet

Community Leader

  • Former Advisory Board member for Minnesota Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Former VP of Minneapolis NAACP
  • Board Member, St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board

Human Rights & Women's Advocate

  • Oxfam Sister Planet Ambassador
  • 2017 United Way Refugee Summit Keynote
  • Board Member, The Legal Rights Center