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Betsy Hodges is a former mayor of Minneapolis. She currently is a consultant to organizations working with cities to improve equitable outcomes for people of color, and she recently served as a Residential Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics.

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. She received her master's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

May 1, 2019

Advice From 3 Former Mayors: Grow Your Own Entrepreneurs

More and more cities are coming to understand that the key to developing their economies is the job-creation assets they already have.
September 8, 2017

Better Ways to Reduce Violence Against Young Black Men and Boys

Bringing back the failed strategies of the past is a mistake. Mayors are embracing innovative, forward-looking strategies.