Erik Hansen named director of Economic Policy and Development
Erik Hansen rejoined the Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) Department last month as the director of Economic Policy and Development. Hansen worked for CPED and its predecessor, the Minneapolis Community Development Agency, for 12 years on the Business Development team until early 2015. He spent the past 3.5 years as the Economic Development & Housing director for the City of Brooklyn Park.
Hansen is excited to return to Minneapolis to work on the City’s business support, commercial development and workforce development initiatives. He looks forward to helping align the City’s resources better to reduce barriers to individual and family wealth building and increasing equity throughout the city. When asked what changed while he was away, Erik responded, “All the surface parking lots in downtown are gone and buildings are in their place.”
Hansen is a lifelong Minneapolis resident, currently living on the North Side with his wife Shannon and two kids, Adam and Julia. In his spare time, he spends a lot of time on the sidelines of a soccer pitch and near a dance studio.
Get to know Erik Hansen
Q. What interested you the most about working for the City?
A. "Having a positive impact on my hometown."
Q. What’s your favorite part of working at the City?
A. "The ability to work directly with people who live, work, and own businesses in Minneapolis to improve the community."
Q. What’s the last book you read?
A. "The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein."
Q. Describe yourself in three words.
A. "I’m always serious."
Q. If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?
A. "Pea Green because that’s the crayon that travels the world."
Published Oct 30, 2018