Board President and Chair
Aaliyah Hodge a Brooklyn native, grew up St. Louis Park
and now calls North Minneapolis home. Her passions revolve around work rooted in expanding quality education options for our students who have been systemically disadvantaged and marginalized. Before her current role at the University of St. Thomas Aaliyah worked as the compliance director for the Harvest Network of Schools and was a sixth-grade paraprofessional. She is also a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits board, the Coalition of Public Independent Charter School’s advisory council, Pillsbury United Community’s Charter advisory council, the Vice President of Minnesota’s Authorizer association and is the founder and current Pr
esident of People for PSEO.
As an alumnus of the PSEO program Aaliyah has met with dozens of prospective students as well as current and former program participants. She has also lobbied at the state level to remove barriers for participation, especially in regard to low income students, rural students and students of color.
Aaliyah has a Master's in Social Policy and Community and Economic Development from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. And in her spare time Aaliyah enjoys baking pecan pie, traveling and spending time with family and friends.