Meet our Advisory Board

Tarek Smith- has worked in all areas of real estate, commercial real estate, including business. She has vast experience in both the public and private sectors, including management, operations, leasing and marketing, business development, and client relations.

Education: Columbia University   

Hodan Mohamed works with Coldwell Banker Realty as a real estate agent. She has worked in real estate, including business. She founded her real estate consulting and transportation development firm called Amaano Transportation, LLC in 2021, where she provided real estate and transportation strategies for clients mainly in Minnesota.

John Beatty- is an esteemed real estate developer in the New York City metropolitan area. He brings over four decades of experience and relationships developing many prominent office buildings, hotels, multi-family residential buildings, parking facilities, and retail projects.

Education: University of California

Shadiyo Hussain-worked in the healthcare field for almost a decade where providing an excellent quality of care was of utmost importance. She has utilized this experience to provide excellent customer service, and commitment to working hard. She recognizes and values the trust her clients place in her and strive everyday to exceed their expectations through effective listening and open communication. She enjoys every type of real estate transaction whether its first time home buyers, move-up buyers and sellers, investments, and new construction. She hopes to bridge the gap of homeownership in minority communities through education about different resources available to consumers. Shadiyo’s motto is always to build lasting relationships in every transaction.

Somali and English speaking
First Time home buyer specialist
Listing Specialist
National Commercial Real Estate Advisor
Certified Real Estate Investment Planing Specialist.

Ashley Johnson worked with the audit group of Aprio, LLC for four years. She gained experience organizing, conducting, and supervising audits of a wide variety of clients across a range of industries and sizes. She has specific experience serving clients in the real estate industry and investment partnerships.

Education: Georgetown University                                                              


Salman Fiqy, an entrepreneur who’s involved in construction, logistics and accounting. He is a husband and a father of two. His hobbies are soccer and books. 

Education: Minnesota State University, Mankato 


Samantha Brown-represented large office and industrial space users in a wide array of real estate transactions: Samantha has built a solid foundation for corporate clients through her tenant advisory services. Her specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, space utilization, transaction management.

Education: University of Kansas

Shukre Mohamed – an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, previously worked in a busy law firm, Garane & Somane, under the immediate Supervisor-graduated from Harvard School of Law. She also worked closely with the former Chairman of Kenya’s Electoral Body and a former Commissioner of the Afghanistan Electoral Body.
She has experience in various areas of law, including but not limited to International Trade, Investment Law, Dispute law, electoral laws, corporate governance, and international law.

She is presently working on a clean energy solution to reduce the high mortality rates due to carbon emissions. In this process, she handles all the legal due diligence, gives legal advice to the directors whenever necessary, negotiates, and drafts all the contractual documentation required.

Working as a house Counsel exposes her to different areas of law. She recently registered a Trade Mark for one of her clients: Company that offers online cashless revenue collection for Governments, the DRC Government in Kwilu County, is in the process of acquiring this software for purposes of revenue collection.

Hamdiya Abdullahi – Policy Associate reporting to Council Member Jamal Osman represents Ward 6, located in central Minneapolis. She supports the creation and implementation of policies and initiatives under Council Member Jamal Osman’s agenda on various issues, including the pandemic and the upcoming budget, housing insecurity, opioid addiction, mental illness, health, business environment, and economic security and infrastructure. She is responsible for representing the Council’s policy agenda at various internal and external meetings and works under frequent deadlines across a diverse portfolio.

Education: Saint Mary University of Minnesota

Mohamed Mohamed- is the co-founder of ServTunity, an online web hosting, and digital design service. He is an entrepreneur with a background in organizational leadership, manufacturing, and communication.

Education: Minnesota State University, Mankato

Seleban Salah- the founder of Dalmer Construction Company Incorporated, has over ten years of experience in the construction industry. He has been part of every task imaginable in the building process in lake street, Minneapolis. He started as a small construction company, and then with more involvement and dedication, honed his skills as a carpenter and crew leader. He uses these years of hands-on experience to manage the many details of his Residential projects that have ranged in size. Seleban has extensive experience with commercial and residential remodel.

Education: Minneapolis Technical College

Babacar Diene- worked at a private investment firm to pool capital from several investors and use an aggressive investing approach to generate high financial gains. He has experience overseeing client portfolios and tracking growth in the stock market: he managed portfolios like mutual funds to minimize threats and maximize returns. He is also involved in “hedging,” which refers to trading different stocks and bonds based on market performance to offset the fund’s risks.

Education: New York University