Hodan Hassan was elected in 2018 to serve as Representative to the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 62A,one of the most diverse in the state.
She is a single mom, an immigrant, a clinical social worker, a community activist and a first time candidate. She earned her master’s from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, and works currently as a Mental Health Clinician. Her experiences as a Senior Clinical Social Worker for Hennepin County have deeply impacted her as a person and her desire to help expand access to mental health services and affordable housing, things that greatly impact the lives of residents in 62A and across the State.
Hodan Hassan has overcome significant barriers in her life and career. She immigrated to United States from Somalia more than twenty years ago, and first made 62A her home in 1999. Hodan lives in Phillips Community with her 14 year old son Mustafa. Access to a good education and a welcoming community were important in her decision to give back, both in her professional life and in her decision to run for office. Hodan believes all people can reach their full potential when we create access to opportunities that empower people to aspire for a better future. If we get it right for our kids, families, elders and all of our diverse communities in 62A, then we will get it right for Minnesota.
Hodan received her Master’s in Social Work and Public Health, with an emphasis on policy development and advocacy from Augsburg University, and has over thirteen years’ experience as a Mental Health Practitioner/Educator. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Pathways 2 Prosperity, an agency that aims to alleviate the systemic gaps in behavioral health services by educating both providers and community members. She works currently as a Mental Health Clinician with a University of Minnesota affiliate mental health clinic, Prairie Care. Her experiences as a Senior Clinical Social Worker for Hennepin County from 2008 to 2012, and as an affordable housing advocate for PPL (Project for Pride in Living) in Ventura Village from 2012- 2016 deeply inform her advocacy. These are professional and lived experiences that have provided her with the knowledge and perspective to impact meaningful change and policy in how services in healthcare, education, childcare and housing are delivered to our communities in 62A..