About Mayor Kathi Hemken

Kathi has lived in New Hope for nearly 50 years.  She is a widow with six grown children and eleven grandchildren. 


Kathi is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she earned a BS in production management. She has also taken courses in Community Planning. 


Prior to her election to Mayor in 2008, Kathi worked at Honeywell as a production planning supervisor.

Experience and Excellence

City of New Hope, Mayor (2008-current)

Minnesota Mayors Association, 2019 President

North Metro Mayors Association, 2018 Chair

League of Women Voters, 2019 President
New Hope Planning Commission, Member (1997-2008) Chair 2005-2008
New Hope Women of Today, Member 

Rotary of Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale and Plymouth, Member 

Ambassador Good Samaritan, Board of Directors, Member 

YMCA, Board of Directors, Member

School District 281 Volunteer

New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken with MN
State Senator Ann Rest and another volunteer at Feed My Starving Children.


New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken received the 2013 “Minnesota Women in City Government Leadership Award” for her endless
dedication to the city. 

"I'm 71 and have lived in several metro communities. I have found Mayor Kathi Hemken to be, by far, the most accessible and responsive official.  She is doing an amazing job for us!" 

Greg Kobylinski,
24-year resident of New Hope