Hodgen Mainda serves as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. Appointed by Governor Bill Lee, Hodgen assumed leadership of the department effective October 1, 2019. 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.
As Tennessee’s Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance, Hodgen is the state fire marshal and is responsible for the divisions of insurance, fire prevention, regulatory boards, including twenty-six regulatory entities, TennCare Oversight, and the administratively attached Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Tennessee Police Officer Standards and Training Commission and Tennessee Emergency Communications Board. In 2018, the department collected $1.145 billion in fees and premium taxes and had expenditures of $220.9 million.
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. Hodgen is also a graduate of both Leadership Chattanooga and Leadership Tennessee, a program that encourages cross-sector collaboration to address the most critical challenges and opportunities that affect the state of Tennessee. Hodgen participated in Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, which brings together leaders from across the country to study and explore community collaborations. Hodgen was recently named by the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a 2019 Influencer – one of the 10 leaders who are positively impacting the community and state.
A dedicated community leader, Hodgen serves on the Leadership Tennessee Advisory Council, the Nashville St. Jude Leadership Council and is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville. As Hodgen and his family become residents of the state’s capital city, he hopes to further pursue his passion and commitment to public service and civic engagement.
In 2014, Hodgen was co-recipient of the Young Professional Association of Chattanooga’s Young Professional of the Year Award and was recognized by Chatter Magazine as one of the 20 Under 40 individuals who are making a mark in the Chattanooga community.
Hodgen is married and he and his wife have two small children.