Hodan Hassan is a candidate running for House of Representatives in our 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.
Hodan is a dedicated and passionate community organizer who has spent the last 10 years advocating for social, economic justice and human rights, working to help remove stigma around the important issues of mental and chemical health. She has served the community in leadership roles throughout her career. She was a union member and county worker with AFSCME Council 34, and she has lobbied the state legislature on behalf of MN non-profits to increase equity funding for the diverse communities of 62A. In addition, she has promoted civic education in immigrant communities to try and get new Americans involved in the political process, traveling the state to organize with candidates and knock doors.