Hodgen Mainda serves in Governor Bill Lee’s administration as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and the State Fire Marshal. Before his appointment to Governor Lee’s cabinet, Hodgen was Vice President of Community Development at the Electric Power Board (EPB) in Chattanooga, Tennessee – one of the nation’s largest publicly-owned power providers and the first public provider of gigabit Internet in the country. Before his service at EPB, Hodgen worked in the private equity sector for three years after serving as COO at Dale Buchanan & Associates, the largest social security disability and veterans affairs law firm in the southeast. A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Hodgen moved to Tennessee in 1997 to pursue higher education at Middle Tennessee State University where he studied Political Science and International Relations and graduated from the University of Eastern Africa.
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