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Irene Fernando, District 2

I’m dedicated to serve the people of District 2 and Hennepin County by delivering change, promoting innovation, and advancing equity.

My office is ready to partner with you to increase visibility, transparency and accountability in the county layer of government.

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Irene currently serves as Hennepin County Commissioner for District 2, which includes Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, southeast Plymouth, St. Anthony, North Minneapolis, Northeast Minneapolis, and the North Loop and Bryn Mawr neighborhoods in Minneapolis.

Irene was elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in November of 2018. Together, she and Commissioner Angela Conley (District 4) were the first people of color elected to the County Board in Hennepin’s 169 year history. She is the youngest woman to serve in this position, and she is the first Filipino-American elected in the state of Minnesota.

Before joining the County Board, Irene worked in not-for-profit and corporate settings, and she instructed college courses. Her expertise is in youth development, social entrepreneurship, shared leadership models, talent development, and systems change. 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, and she is also currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Human Resource Development.

Irene lives in the Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis with her partner Kent. She loves this community and can often be found out on her front porch chatting with her neighbors or cheering on the Minnesota Lynx!

Hennepin County

  • Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA),chair
  • Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HCHRA), member
  • Administration, Libraries and Budget Committee, vice chair
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, vice chair
  • Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS) Board, member
  • Hennepin Health, member
  • Health Insurance, Benefits and Employee Wellness Advisory Board (HIBEWAB), member
  • Joint Committee on Community Corrections (Bench/Board), member

Other positions

  • Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) voting delegate
  • Blue Line Extension Community Works Steering Committee, member
  • Lowry Ave NE Community Works, member
  • Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB), chair
  • Meet Minneapolis, member
  • Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership Board, member
  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, member
  • No Wrong Door, sponsor
  • NorthPoint Board, member
  • St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board, member
  • SWLRT Community Works Steering Committee, member
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