About Me

 

Yousef was born in Ypsilanti in the Normal Park neighborhood. However, Yousef spent most of his childhood on the north side of Ann Arbor on Upland Drive where his parents still live. Growing up, Yousef had a diverse educational experience. He began his preschool days at Blossom home preschool where he actively participated in the Adopt -A-Stream program.  He attended first grade at Northside elementary but soon moved on to the Ann Arbor Open School. He attended Clague Middle School and is a proud graduate of Huron High School. At the University of Michigan, Yousef earned a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science with a specialization in urban planning and ecosystems management.

Yousef has been blessed with a loving and supportive family that extends beyond his immediate relatives. His mother, Peggy Rabhi is a longstanding local activist and served as the Democratic Party’s Ward Chair for the 1st ward.  His father, Lounes Rabhi, is a mechanical engineer and his brother is a student at Michigan State. His grandfather was a WWII veteran and a lifelong labor organizer in Detroit.   

With a passion for the environment, Yousef has devoted his career to nurturing diverse and healthy ecosystems in Michigan. Starting with his work as a Natural Areas Intern at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan, he has worked on controlling invasive species and stewarding Ann Arbor's beloved parks and natural areas.  As a current employee of Natural Area Preservation, Yousef continues to engage the community in ecosystem restoration work.

Born in Michigan, he has deep roots here and maintains a firm belief that Michigan is the best place to be, for people of all ages and backgrounds. Yousef is proud to call Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County home.