Betsy Hodges' next move? Harvard's Institute of Politics

Here's what she'll be doing at the university's Institute of Politics.

What do you after finishing your one and only term as mayor of a major city?

Well first things first, you start cracking down on obnoxious Twitter trolls you've been putting up with for four years.

Once you've gotten that ball rolling, then it's off to Harvard.

That's where Betsy Hodges is headed this spring, after being named a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

Hodges and five other Fellows (a couple of CNN contributors, a social media D.C. exec, a former Republican Party chair, and the former chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.) will spend a semester at Harvard this spring.

There, they'll lead discussions on a range of topics tied to civic engagement.


Betsy Hodges' tumultuous single term 

Hodges' study group specifically will focus on racial equity, policing, and local governance, the Institute of Politics says.

She'll certainly have some insight into those topics.

Hodges has a long list of accomplishments. She pushed for required sick time for all workers and the implementation of a $15-an-hour minimum wage; she was a big proponent of the Zero-Waste Minneapolis plan; she signed an $800 million investment in the city's parks and roads; and helped institute her Cradle to K Cabinet initiative to address disparities among young kids.

But those were frequently overshadowed by policing issues in the wake of Jamar Clark's 2015 shooting death, and again following the Justine Damond shooting

Some community leaders repeatedly called for change over those years, even as Hodges promised better police-community relations, ousted her police chief, and oversaw city-wide implementation of body cameras for officers

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