Deeqo Jibril, born in Somalia, is an entrepreneur, humanitarian, and ardent activist of social justice. Being a single mother of four children she exemplifies a new generation of African women and her strength of character sets a uniquely valuable model for women of African origin to emulate. She has worked with the ABCD Housing Department and Roxbury Children Services as a case manager helping immigrants to understand and obtain affordable housing across Massachusetts. She worked for the political campaigns of Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Elizabeth Warren, and with State Senator Jarrett Barrios.
As the founder and Executive Director of the Somali Community and Cultural Association (SCCA) in Boston, Deeqo works to elevate the role of Boston’s Somali community in the political, social, and economic life of the city. She is also the founder of African Mall in Roxbury, an oasis of African-owned small businesses working together in a spirit of cooperation. In recognition for this work, Jibril was chosen by the Massachusetts Commissioner on the Status of Women as one of their “Unsung Heroes.”
Deeqo represented the Somali community at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and in a meeting with the Department of Homeland Security in January 2015. She works with the Boston Police Department to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the Somali and Muslim communities. Deeqo organized the first Boston Police and Muslim youth dialogues and the FBI Somali youth academy. She also organized the first law enforcement and community Iftar with over two hundred people in attendance, including local leaders from the BPD and FBI.
Deeqo has won numerous awards, including the Community Hero award presented by Representative Malia, the Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Deeqo was appointed to the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee by Mayor Menino. She also received a Citizen’s Academy certificate from the FBI.
Deeqo Jibril announced her candidacy for the District 7 City Council seat on February 1, 2017. She cited the Muslim travel ban as a catalyst for her candidacy, saying she felt inspired by the millions of people who were fighting for American inclusivity. Deeqo also said she wanted to be an inspiration for other immigrants to run for political offices across Massachusetts and the country.
Deeqo’s main goals include immigrant rights and advocacy, economic security for all citizens, and community building across her district and Boston as a whole.