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Betsy Hodges is the mayor of Minneapolis. Her mayoral initiatives have included the creation of a Cradle to K Cabinet focused on eliminating disparities for young children; an effort to move the city toward zero waste; improving police-community relations; and helping small businesses thrive.

Before taking office as mayor in 2014, Hodges was a member of the Minneapolis city council for eight years, serving as chair of the Ways and Means/Budget Committee and the Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

Hodges received her master's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College.

September 8, 2017

Better Ways to Reduce Violence Against Young Black Men and Boys

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