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Hodges announces policy aide hires

Posted by: Maya Rao under Politics and government Updated: January 27, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Mayor Betsy Hodges today announced the hiring of three senior policy aides, who will join longtime staffers she kept on from former Mayor R. T. Rybak’s administration and focus on eliminating racial disparities.

They are Nicole Archbold, who will work on public safety and civil rights; Dianne Haulcy, who will focus on youth and early childhood; and Abdirahman Muse, who will serve as a liaison to the Somali community and labor.

Archbold worked for the city for nearly 17 years, including as an evidence technician and administrative analyst for the police department, and organized the 2013 Summit to Combat Gun Violence.

Haulcy is the chief operating officer of the Family Partnership, a nonprofit organization that supports vulnerable children and families through offering mental health counseling and services for academic success and violence prevention. She has also served as co-chair for the Early Childhood Action Team, as part of the Northside Achievement Zone, a federal program that partners with families in north Minneapolis to help children academically succeed.

Muse has worked as an organizer at the Service Employees International  Union Healthcare Minnesota, helping pass a bill to grant collective bargaining rights to home-care workers and organizing opposition to the 2012 voter ID amendment. He and SEIU members campaigned for Hodges last year.

The mayor’s office said it would provide more information next month about how Hodges would fill the remaining appointed positions.

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