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Betsy Hodges

Former Mayor

Minneapolis, MN


Betsy Hodges was the 47th mayor of Minneapolis. In her role as mayor, she focused on three clear goals: running the city well, growing a great city and increasing equity. Her priorities were ensuring the City works well for everyone and that all people can contribute to – and benefit from – the growth and prosperity of Minneapolis.

Some of Mayor Hodges’ key initiatives included: her Cradle to K Cabinet, creating a Zero Waste Minneapolis, improving police-community relations, and helping small businesses thrive.

A speaker, writer, and consultant, Mayor Hodges currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Cities United, a consultant to organizations working with cities to improve equitable outcomes for people of color. Mayor Hodges recently served as a Residential Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics.

In her spare time, Mayor Hodges works on staying physically fit, writes, reads poetry, and enjoys seasonal viewings of “Die Hard,” her favorite movie. She is known for her extensive collection of Wonder Woman memorabilia. She is an occasional karaoke singer with a very limited vocal range.

A Minnesota native, Mayor Hodges is married to Gary Cunningham, CEO and President of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association and a member of the Metropolitan Council. They have two children, four grandchildren and two cats. You can find her on Twitter at @betsyhodges.


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