Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has appointed Kenyan-born Hodgen Mainda as new commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.
Mainda migrated to Tennessee in 1997 to study at Middle Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of the University of Eastern Africa and currently resides in Chattanooga with his wife and two children.
In making the announcement, the governor noted:
“Hodgen joins my cabinet after an outstanding career as a community leader in Chattanooga. He is respected for his ability to build partnerships across multiple sectors and we welcome his leadership to such a multifaceted department like Commerce & Insurance.”
Currently, Mainda serves as the vice president for community development at the Electric Power Board (EPB) in Chattanooga. In his role with the EPB, Mainda has built partnerships across the state and federal level and increased EPB’s role in regional economic development.
Mainda also serves on several non-profit boards including the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Chattanooga Rotary Club, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor’s Roundtable and the College of Business Advisory Board. Mainda is also a member of the Leadership Tennessee Class of 2019 and a 2018 graduate of the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program.
Mainda will begin at the Department of Commerce & Insurance on October 1st.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann gave a statetement following Mainda’s appointment and noted:
“I applaud Governor Lee for naming Hogden Mainda as Tennessee’s Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance. Most recently as the Vice President of Community Development for EPB, and in his previous leadership roles including the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Education Lottery, his immense contributions to the Volunteer State have been recognized time and time again. In this new capacity, Hodgen will be an asset in furthering the Lee Administration’s objective to ensure that Tennessee is the best place to call home.”
Carter Lawrence, who has served as interim insurance commissioner since Julie Mix McPeak stepped down in June, congratulated Mainda on Twitter Thursday, saying “It was a pleasure serving in the interim role and I’ll look forward to supporting you.”
— Carter Lawrence (@Carter_Lawrence) September 5, 2019