Dr. Joe Hobot leads Minneapolis’ American Indian OIC, a nonprofit specializing in adult education and job training, in its mission to mitigate educational and employment disparities faced by American Indians living in the Twin Cities. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He’s a contracted consultant for the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC), where he’s working to establish alternative education models in Indian communities. In 2018, international think tank Aspen Institute selected Hobot for its Ascend Fellowship, given to leaders performing groundbreaking work to advance opportunities for low-income families and children. Most recently, he’s been leading the OIC in helping citizens who’ve been incarcerated reenter the workforce, with funding from a Department of Labor grant, earning it recognition in October as a top performer across all OICs.