Kayo Beshir was born in Bale, Oromia and lived in Kenya and Uganda before moving to the United States. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in International Relations. During his collegiate career, he had the opportunity to study International Affairs at George Mason University and Spanish Politics in Barcelona, Spain. Kayo loves traveling (16 countries already), learning languages and he aspires to be an international lawyer. Kayo currently serves on the Nashville Mayors New Americans Advisory Council and is the Nashville Community Lead for UNICEF UNITE. Kayo founded the Oromo Youth of Nashville. Kayo was also awarded the 2017 Tennessee Rising Human Rights Advocate of the year.
Prior to TIRRC, Kayo was a Melkus Fellow, working at the Tennessee Justice Center, helping Tennesseans navigate the complex health care system. Much of his work has been focused on polices and is now excited to leverage his skill sets to focus on issues that impact the lives of the Tennessee immigrant and refugee communities as a community organizer.