Mayor Betsy Hodges Announces New Staff, Fulfills Campaign Promises
Three new senior policy aides will focus on work aimed at public safety and civil rights, Somali community and labor, youth and early childhood
January 27, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is welcoming new staff to her administration – the three senior policy aides will focus on issues at the heart of Mayor Hodges’ promise to create One Minneapolis by eliminating the gaps between white people and people of color. Nicole Archbold, Dianne Haulcy and Abdirahman Muse are joining the mayor’s office as policy aides.
“I am honored to have such wonderful people joining my staff,” said Mayor Hodges. “I know that to achieve our goals of growing the city, continuing to run it well and eliminating the gaps, we need very brightest and most dedicated people. I am pleased that Nicole, Dianne and Abdi have chosen to be a part of my team and know that their contributions will benefit all of Minneapolis.”
Nicole Archbold will focus on public safety and civil rights. She has worked for the City of Minneapolis nearly 17 years, including 13 at the Police Department. During her time there, she worked as an Evidence Technician and most recently, an Administrative Analyst, specializing in police policy and procedure. Over the past years she planned and organized special projects for the police department, including the North Side Community BBQ which drew more than 3,000 people, and the 2013 Summit to Combat Gun Violence. Archbold has a Bachelor’s in Law Enforcement and a Master’s in Public Safety Administration. Her first day is today.
Dianne Haulcy’s work will focus on youth and early childhood. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of The Family Partnership, a 130-year-old non-profit organization in Minneapolis. Prior to this role, she was the Executive Director of Reuben Lindh Family Services, which merged with The Family Partnership in January 2011. Reuben Lindh had more than 40 years of providing therapeutic preschool programming to children who were mild to moderately delayed. Much of that work continues at The Family Partnership at three nationally accredited therapeutic preschools. Haulcy has been working in the field of human services and early childhood for more than 25 years and has a keen insight into the early childhood needs of families of color and those that live in poverty.
Haulcy has been the co-chair for the Early Childhood Action Team since its inception two years ago, as part of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), a federal Promise Neighborhood program. She also sits on the NAZ Management Team, the Governor’s Early Learning Council for the state of Minnesota and the Parent Aware Advisory Council. She starts in mid-February.
Abidrahman Muse will serve as the liaison to both the Somali community and to labor, in fulfillment of two promises Mayor Hodges made on the campaign trail. He will also work on issues relating to neighborhoods and housing. Muse comes to the mayor’s office from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Minnesota, where he worked for three years as an organizer. During his time there, he helped pass a bill granting collective-bargaining rights to home-care workers and organized opposition to the proposed voter-ID amendment in November 2012. Muse has worked as an organizer for nearly a decade, focusing on labor, immigrant rights and economic justice. He started last week.
The three join current staff:
- John Stiles, Chief of Staff
- Ben Hecker, Deputy Chief of Staff
- Peter Wagenius, Policy Director
- Kate Brickman, Communications Director
- Tou Tou Khamsot, Office Associate
- Grace Goodrich, Office Associate
There will be more information next month about the remaining appointed positions in the mayor’s office.
Published Jan 27, 2014