Betsy Hodges

Former mayor, Minneapolis

Betsy Hodges, LLC Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


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 racial equity. Some of Mayor Hodges’ key initiatives included: supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive, her Cradle to K Cabinet, creating a Zero Waste Minneapolis, violence reduction, progressive pension reform, and improving police-community relations. Mayor Hodges currently serves as an advisor to cities and mayors to support progressive policy and improve equitable outcomes for people of color and indigenous people. She is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity (AFRE) and the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California-Berkeley and served as a Residential Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. She is a Senior Advisor to the Mayors Innovation Project and Cities United, serves on the Kauffman Foundation’s Mayor’s Council, and is on the Board of Advisors for the African American Mayors Association. She has written about politics and race for the New York Times, CNN, USAToday, American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and others. Mayor Hodges is married to Gary Cunningham, President and CEO of Prosperity Now. They live in Washington, DC with their two cats.