Today I am delighted to announce three new additions to my team here at the mayor’s office. Nicole Archbold, Dianne Haulcy and Abdirahman Muse will all serve as senior policy aides.
We made the announcement in a press release this morning, but I thought it would be nice to give the people of Minneapolis a chance to learn a little more about the new faces joining the team.
I invited each of these incredible people to write a short blog post, which I’ve shared with you all here.
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.
Public Safety has been my passion for over 10 years. I bring to this position a sincere appreciation for the work of the Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments’ first responders and the sacrifices they, along with their families, make in order to keep this great city safe. I look forward to building partnerships with Minneapolis residents, businesses, non-profits, community and faith leaders so that together we can build trust where it is lacking, universally develop a fuller understanding of diverse perspectives and ensure Minneapolis remains A Safe Place to Call Home.
I am also looking forward to working on collaborative efforts with community stakeholders in order to problem solve and bring about resolution on tough public safety issues and concerns. I am excited to be working alongside Mayor Hodges on public safety and to be a part of the meaningful work to come in 2014 and beyond.
Dianne Haulcy work will focus on youth and early childhood. She has worked in the field of early childhood for many years, most recently at The Family Partnership. She also co-chaired the early childhood action team within the Northside Achievement Zone.
Close to 25 years ago I was doing youth work in what was then the Glenwood Lyndale Housing projects; it probably one of my most favorite jobs I have ever had. I was so hopeful for the possibilities of the lives of the young people I was working for, and I quickly learned they did not share my optimism. I remember overhearing conversations with young teen girls deciding what year and how many children they would have, and young men deciding what year they wanted to go to prison. I knew then that I wanted to work for the rest of my life to make sure they and their children believed they had all the options in the world open to them. That is why I am so excited about coming to work for Betsy Hodges – I see myself as joining a like-minded leader in this fight for our children. Her leadership is what we need to turn the tide on some of the worst achievement gaps this country has ever seen.
I am proud of the work we have done at The Family Partnership to prepared hundreds of children for kindergarten at our therapeutic preschool. I was privileged to be part of the team at the Northside Achievement Zone, where I have learned that the main gap we need to close is our belief gap. Do we truly believe our low-income children can succeed? Do we truly believe that all of our children, regardless of what racial or socioeconomic background they come from, can achieve and graduate from college? I believe they can and I believe Mayor Hodges believes they can. And that is what it will take to get us there – leadership and a community that truly believes all of our babies can!
Our work will not be done until every child, every baby in Minneapolis regardless of what zip code they are born into, has the same opportunities. That is the One Minneapolis I am so proud to be working to achieve.
Abdirahman Muse will serve as the liaison to both the Somali community and to labor. 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.
My name is Abdirahman Muse, and I am a member of the East African community. I spent nearly the past decade organizing around labor, immigrant rights and economic justice issues. I am very passionate about fairness and creating a city and country that works for everyone.
As a long-time community organizer, I have won many victories. However, one I am most proud of was being part of the organizing team that allowed the largest unionization drive in Minnesota history; together, we passed a bill granting more than thirty thousand home care workers and child care providers the right to form a union in order to earn decent wages and to provide the best care for their clients. Also, I am so happy to have played a small role in organizing the East African community to vote against the Voter ID amendment in November 2012. Finally, it was great to be one of the lead organizers who marched, led direct actions and fought so hard to keep the East African remittances lifeline open. At the Mayor’s office, I will bring that energy and passion for justice to create One Minneapolis.
I am beyond humbled that Nicole, Dianne and Abdi chose to be part of my team. I am very proud of the intelligent, passionate and dedicated team we have put together so far – together, we will create a city where all people can thrive.