Yousef was born in Ypsilanti where he lived for the first few years of his life. His family soon moved to their current residence on the north side of Ann Arbor on Upland Drive. 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 currently serves as the Democratic Party’s Ward Chair for the 1st ward. His father, Lounes Rabhi, is a mechanical engineer and his brother is a recent Huron High School graduate studying at Michigan State University. His grandfather was a WWII veteran and a lifelong labor organizer in Detroit.
Yousef is a gardener and has a passion for plants. Every spring, Yousef puts on his gloves and begins planting flowers, raking leaves and mulching beds at his Co-operative house. For four growing seasons, Yousef has maintained an urban garden that has hosted everything from lettuce to tomatillos.
His passion for plants extends well beyond the yard at his Co-operative house. As an employee of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan, he has worked on controlling invasive species in the vast natural areas of both properties and managing the beloved Rhododendron collection, among many other activities. Yousef is also an employee at Saint Mary's Student Parish Catholic Church.
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. Yet his heart and soul are truly and inextricably connected to the city of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and its people. He views Ann Arbor as his current and future home.