Hodges hires Luna for Minneapolis economic development staff

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has added Erick Garcia Luna to her staff as an aide for economic development and opportunity.

Garcia Luna has been working for Sen. Amy Klobuchar as Outreach Director, covering immigration, education, housing, and children and teen issues.

He was chair of the DFL Latino Caucus from 2008-2010, when it endorsed Hodges’ predecessor — R.T. Rybak — in his bid for governor.

Before joining Klobuchar’s staff four years ago, Garcia Luna worked on  revitalization efforts of the Central Avenue commercial corridor in Northeast Minneapolis.

Said Hodges about the appointment:

“Garcia Luna’s professional, personal and academic background make him uniquely qualified to focus on economic development, ensuring our growth is inclusive.”

An immigrant from Mexico, Garcia Luna became a U.S. citizen in 2008.

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