Irene Fernando, District 2

I’m excited to serve the people of District 2 and Hennepin County by delivering change, fostering innovation and achieving a more equitable county.

I was sworn in on January 7, 2019. My office is ready to partner with you to increase visibility, transparency and accountability in the county layer of government.

Please reach out to us with questions and ideas, and check here soon for more information.

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Biography

Irene Fernando was elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in November of 2018.

Before joining the County Board, Irene worked at Thrivent Financial leading around organizational design, culture, and talent. Irene studied at the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership.

Irene lives in the Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis where she currently resides with her partner Kent, and their dog Ernie.

Leadership positions

Hennepin County 

  • Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HCHRA), member
  • Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCHRA), member
  • Hennepin Health, member
  • Joint Committee on Community Corrections (Bench/Board), member
  • Public Safety Committee, vice chair

Other positions

  • Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) voting delegate
  • Bottineau Community Works, member
  • Hennepin History Museum, member
  • Light Rail Transit Executive Change Control Board, alternate
  • Lowry Ave NE Community Works, member
  • Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB), executive committee member
  • Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership Board, member
  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, member
  • NorthPoint Board, member
  • Penn Ave Community Works, member
  • St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board, member
  • SWLRT Community Works Steering Committee, HCRRA alternate
  • Twin Cities Community Land Bank, member
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