Irene Fernando was elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in November of 2018 where she currently serves as the Chair of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Hennepin's Complete Count Committee. 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.
Honorary Chair, NLC Twin Cities