The American Indian OIC (AIOIC) is pleased to announce that Joe Hobot has assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. As the new executive leader of the organization, Mr. Hobot’s principle focus is set on expanding the education and workforce development opportunities for American Indians and others that improve the economic power of families and reduce economic disparities. He has great energy for the mission of the organization and expects to continue to modernize the agency’s infrastructure, further build its program capacity to address the needs of the community, and to broaden the AIOIC’s overall reach throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Previous to this post, Mr. Hobot served as AIOIC’s Education Director with oversight of the agency’s contract alternative high school, Adult Basic Education/GED program, and Takoda Institute of Higher Education. In this role, he feels his greatest accomplishments were attaining a 50% increase in participation in the ABE/GED program, developing higher level entry level programs in the fields of IT and Public Relations, procurement of new accreditation for the institution, becoming one of just a few schools to reach compliance with Adequate Yearly Progress Measures as determined by “No Child Left Behind” legislation, and sustaining high graduation rates throughout AIOIC’s education programs.

Mr. Hobot states, “I believe in the inherent ability, capability, decency, and hope possessed by all people. When these passions are invoked, there is no limit to what a person can accomplish. Our job therefore – through the work of the American Indian OIC – is to reconnect people to that which they already possess. We are here to help people rediscover and further develop the talents and skill sets that they already hold. In so doing, the people who come to the American Indian OIC will quickly reawaken their personal drive to accomplish great things – not only for themselves, but for their families and communities as well.”

Mr. Hobot is a Lakota descendant of the Hunk Papa Band of the Standing Rock Nation. He holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas and is currently a doctoral student of education at Hamline University.