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Financial Coaches

The Institute’s financial coaches partner with clients in our Medical Careers Pathway Program to assist with debt, credit, savings, budgeting, and spending wisely. They provides clients with financial knowledge and referrals, such as buying a house, obtaining business loans, and saving for college, among other recommendations.

Meet the Coaches: Hodo Ali

Hodo

Hodo Ali brings a deep personal understanding of the challenges and opportunities her clients face as New Americans building their lives in the Twin Cities:  she arrived in Minnesota as a refugee from Somalia.  Hodo studied accounting at Metropolitan State University, and worked as accountant for a non profit. Before accountant, Hodo worked in Normandale Community College and Metropolitan State University Admissions office. Hodo’s knowledge of financial products is extensive, and includes Islamic banking and finance.

Hodo shares her story with clients in the classroom and in her office.  Hodo says, “I was not raised in a culture where children learn about finances and the importance of managing money… if I had budgeted, I could have paid my tuition for the last two years of my college program.  I also did not understand the importance of keeping a good credit score. I help my clients achieve their dreams, too.”

Hodo partners with clients to assist with debt, credit, savings, budgeting, and spending wisely.  She provides clients with financial knowledge and referrals, such as buying a house, obtaining business loans, and saving for college, among other recommendations.  As a Financial Coach at the International Institute of Minnesota, Hodo helps New Americans achieve self-sufficiency and full membership in American life.

Hodo can be reached at HAli@iimn.org and at 651-647-0191, extension 359.  She speaks Somali.

The International Institute of Minnesota is a Financial Opportunity Center supported by Twin Cities LISC.

Meet the Coaches: Tanya Battista

Tanya’s background is in finance and operations for non-profits and small businesses in the US and abroad.  She has worked diligently to that the organizations remain fiscally solvent and comply with all government regulations.  She is expanding her knowledge into personal financial products and opportunities to help clients plan and achieve their financial goals.

Tanya says, “The key to coaching is to help clients identify their own goals and to help them determine the best plan for their situation to achieve those goals.  There is not one path to reach goals, so coaching is a partnership to explore all options and then to develop the best steps to allow clients to achieve their dreams.   It is a great opportunity to see that dreams are possible.”

Tanya partners with clients to assist with debt, credit, savings, budgeting, and spending wisely.  She provides clients with financial knowledge and referrals, such as buying a house, obtaining business loans, and saving for college, among other recommendations.  As a Financial Coach at the International Institute of Minnesota, Tanya helps New Americans achieve self-sufficiency and full membership in American life.

Tanya can be reached at TBattista@iimn.org and at 651-647-0191, extension 358.  She speaks Spanish.

The International Institute of Minnesota is a Financial Opportunity Center supported by Twin Cities LISC.

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