Dekow graduated from Grand View University in Iowa with degrees in Human Services and Political Science and a concentration in Public Administration. He earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Drake University. He also received his MBA from West Texas A&M University. He has held several leadership positions in health, food security, community and economic development, education, social work, emergency and disaster response, and refugees and immigrant services with international organizations, NGOs, and state government institutions. Most recently, he was employed with the State of Nebraska. He has taught as a lecturer( Advanced Somali) with Kansas University’s Department of African and African American Studies. Dekow speaks fluent Somali, basic Arabic and basic Kiswahili.