Abdimalik Buul is an innovative dynamic leader within the San Diego community. An immigrant refugee from Somalia, he came to the United States at the age of 5 and grew up in the City Heights and Southeast areas of San Diego. He completed his bachelors degree from San Diego State University in Sociology and a masters degree in education with an emphasis in community based counseling and social justice also from SDSU. He recently completed his doctorate work in Educational leadership with an emphasis in Educational psychology from the university of Southern California.
He was the first Somali ever to be hired as a tenure track faculty member at Southwestern College where he served as Umoja Coordinator and Chair of the Black Alliance from 2015-2018 prior to accepting his new position at City College.
As an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Transfer Center Director at San Diego City College, he has published works in the fields of public health and political science and presented at numerous conferences. He has also worked as a Special Projects Research Manager with the University of California, San Diego and as a Program Specialist with the San Diego Workforce Partnership. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife and daughter.