Dr. Joe Hobot, President and CEO American Indian OIC (AIOIC
Dr. Hobot is a descendant of the Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Nation from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation – where his Grandfather and Mother are both enrolled members. He was born and raised in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and a Doctorate of Education from Hamline University.
Dr. Hobot has worked at American Indian OIC since 2006. Prior to being named President and Chief Executive Officer, he held the positions of Lead Teacher and Director of Education. In those roles, he was responsible for the effective oversight and progress of the agency’s alternative high school, its Adult Basic Education/GED program, and its accredited career college. Additionally, Dr. Hobot serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Falmouth Institute – providing national onsite trainings throughout Indian Country for tribal leadership and tribal administrators. Dr. Hobot also serves in an ongoing capacity as a consultant with the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) based in Seattle, Washington, where in the fall of 2017 he published a report commissioned by the NUIFC entitled Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian Education.
In 2017 Dr. Hobot was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership’s Board of Directors. He also serves as a director on the boards of the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), the Native American Community Clinic (NACC), the Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) and the Greater Twin Cities United Way.
Awards and Recognitions:
In 2015 Dr. Hobot was the recipient of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Bear Award for service to the American Indian community of Minnesota. In 2016 he was selected as a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. That same year Dr. Hobot became a fellow at the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In August 2018 Dr. Hobot was selected by the Aspen Institute for an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship.
Annessia Swann, Takoda GED Director
I’m currently Director of the GED program however; I was once a young single mom looking for a training that led me to a career. I found AIOIC and attended 1 year of training in 1994 while my child attended childcare onsite. Employment services helped introduce me to employers once I earned my certificate. I left for employment and returned to AIOIC years later when a layoff occurred. My experience at AIOIC made me want to give back to others in the same way. I have been employed at AIOIC since 1999 in a various number of roles including payroll and benefits, employing youth in a summer program, empowering ex offender women to heal their families and maintain sobriety while building careers, Registrar of Takoda Institute and since then my current role as GED Director.
Throughout my years since attending school at AIOIC I have attended University of Phoenix in pursuit of a BA in Criminal Justice, completed several Human Resource classes at Carlson School of Business, and completed a year of training at St Thomas for Executive Director Leadership training. I believe that education is one of the keys to getting out of the cycle of poverty and that Takoda Institute is a great starting point to do so.
Barb Hydeen, GCDF, SSYB, Takoda Works Director
Neng Yang, MS, MCSA. ITIL Foundation, IT Director
Kimberly Ben-Haim, M.Ed, Director of Takoda Institute, Financial Aid Coordinator
I began working at American Indian OIC in June of 2017 as the Director of Takoda Institute. I have worked in higher education for over 11 years and love the challenges and opportunities that AIOIC presents. I am proud to help students achieve their goal of a post-secondary degree and is always keeping tabs on my own perennial education.
I currently volunteer as a doula with the Twin Cities Doula Project and I believe that every women has the right to a supported, informed birth, accomplished through pre and postnatal education and services.