Hamdi came to the US when she was three years old with her family, after the outbreak of a civil war in Somalia, and her first port of entry was Sea-Tac airport. Since emigrating, Hamdi has lived across King County and now she is ready to bring a refreshing change to the Port of Seattle.
Hamdi has dedicated her life to public service, helping families, small businesses, and communities at the local and federal levels. Hamdi decided to run for the Seattle Port Commission for two reasons. First, there is a lack of regional representation at the port. The port’s operations significantly impact cities in South King County, and none of the current port commissioners live in that area. SeaTac airport is the port’s largest asset, providing nearly seventy percent of the Port budget. Second, Hamdi wants to bring her expertise in economic development and job creation to the Port of Seattle. As a Policy Advisor for the King County Executive Office, Hamdi provides advisory and monitoring support to the $12 billion county budget, including collaborations with stakeholders and community organizations. Creating jobs, economic development, environmental protection, and increasing transparency and accessibility at the port are Hamdi’s top priorities. As we defeat COVID-19, Hamdi will ensure that the port helps our working people hit the hardest by the pandemic recover and thrive.