Meet our President & CEO

Dr. Joe Hobot
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Dr. Hobot is a descendant of the Hunk Papa Band of the Lakota Nation from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and was born and raised in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. He 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.

In addition to his work at the American Indian OIC, Dr. Hobot was recently appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership’s board of directors. He is also a director on the boards of the Native American Community Development Institute, Native American Community Clinic, the Greater Twin Cities United Way, and is a member of Equity Works.

He is the 2015 recipient of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Bear Award and was named a 2016 40 Under 40 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Most recently, Dr. Hobot became a fellow through the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In 2017, Dr. Hobot published Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian Education, a nationally recognized book examining indigenized educational models and proposing methods to close the American Indian achievement gap.


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