Mohammed Dini was raised in Somalia and Kenya before moving to the United States in 1997. He has studied political science and international studies at the University of Southern Maine and is deeply involved in Maine activism and politics. In 2010, he became one of the first African immigrants to run for office in the state. He captured 40% of the primary vote for District 119 in Portland. Mohammed is also an active leader in Somali community both locally and nationally. He has served as the President of the national Somali American Students Association, Executive Director of the African Immigrant Association in Maine, and recently founded the African Diaspora Institute. With ADI, Mohammed helped facilitate the “Somalia Speaks” interactive citizen journalism project with Al Jazeera English and Ushahidi. Mohammed is now preparing for his next run for political office in the upcoming election.