Siman Qaasim is a well-seasoned public health professional, with a background in community health programs. She started her career in refugee health running a small community center to assist fellow Somalis adjust to life in America. After this, she served ten years at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, where she was the administrator for the Office of School Health and Wellness Initiatives and the Office of Health Promotion and Education. Currently, Siman serves as the director of health policy at Children's Action Alliance, an advocacy organization focused on the health, education, and security of Arizona's children.
Siman's career has taken her all over the world, from working in international policy in Washington, D.C. to Nassau, Bahamas as a director of health and safety for a large private company. She was awarded the Phoenix Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award in 2013 and is an alumnus of Valley Leadership. She currently serves on the Board of Mountain Park Health Center and continues to be involved with the Somali center as a volunteer. Siman earned her bachelor's degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and holds a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Siman was born in Mogadishu, Somali and moved to Arizona as a second-grader.
She has four beautiful teenage children and a wonderful husband. They live in central Phoenix with their cat, Aria Stark.