Mayor Betsy Hodges has hired three new senior policy aides to focus on her top priority — reducing the city's significant racial disparities.
The new staff members include Nicole Archbold, Dianne Haulcy and Abidrahman Muse.
Archbold will focus on public safety and civil rights issues. She has worked for the city for almost 17 years, including 13 years for the Police Department.
She's helped organize major events, such as the North Side Community BBQ and the 2013 Summit to Combat Gun Violence.
Dianne Haulcy is an expert on youth and early childhood issues. She is the chief operating officer of the Family Partnership, a 130-year-old Minneapolis nonprofit. She'll leave that post to join Hodges' office in mid-February.
She also serves as the co-chair for the Early Childhood Action Team, which is part of the Northside Achievement Zone, and sits on Gov. Mark Dayton's Early Learning Council and the Parent Aware Advisory Council.
Abidrahman Muse will serve as Hodges' liaison to the Somali and labor communities and focus on neighborhood and housing issues. He has worked as an organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He helped pass the legislation granting collective-bargaining rights to home-care workers and lobbied against the proposed voter ID amendment.
The three senior policy aides join other members of her administration, which includes John Stiles, chief of staff; Ben Hecker, deputy chief of staff; Peter Wagenius, policy director; Kate Brickman, communications director; Tou Tou Khamsot, office associate; and Grace Goodrich, office associate.
"I am honored to have such wonderful people joining my staff," Hodges said in a statement. "I know that to achieve our goals of growing the city, continuing to run it well and eliminating the gaps, we need the 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."