On the 21st of June 2019, the mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) elected Farhio Khalif as its chapter president. Farhio Khalif previously served as the vice president of the NAACP St. Paul chapter. This is the first time that a Somali-American will hold this position.
Khalif is an activist who founded Voices of East African Women, a non-profit offering support for survivors of domestic violence. The Farhio House, a shelter in St. Paul which offers culturally specific services to East African and immigrant women and their children, is an extension of that non-profit.
Khalif, who was born in Somalia but has been living in the Twin Cities for the past ten years, will oversee the Minnesota/Dakotas area in her new role.