Tom Hoch is a lifelong resident of Minneapolis. He was born in Minneapolis where he was raised as the fifth oldest of eleven children. He graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis, the same high school attended by his father.
Following college in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Hoch joined Minneapolis Public Schools as a classroom teacher while pursuing graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. He then attended law school at Hamline University School of Law where he was a member of the Hamline Law Review.
After practicing law for two years, Tom joined the Minneapolis Community Development Agency, where he was involved in a variety of Downtown projects, including overseeing the restoration of the State Theatre and acquisition and initial operation of the Orpheum Theatre, which was acquired from singer/songwriter Bob Dylan.
Hoch was then tapped to serve as Deputy Executive Director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA). Over six years, Hoch was instrumental in repositioning MPHA from “troubled” to a “high performing” agency, securing badly needed modernization funds and a change in federal legislation to permit housing exclusively for low-income seniors. He wrote the plan that created this option for thousands of Minneapolis residents. He led the team that secured financial commitment by the federal government for the Hollman Consent Decree, addressing vestiges of racially discriminatory housing decisions that concentrated public housing projects on the near-north side of Minneapolis.
Hoch was recruited by the for-profit Historic Theatre Group to oversee the operation of the State and Orpheum Theatres. He immediately moved to prevent the demolition of the Pantages Theatre (then the “Mann Theatre”) and led the Hennepin Avenue property owners to finance the streetscape improvements that grace the Avenue today. These complex projects took six years to complete.
Once the Pantages Theatre was restored, Hoch founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit Hennepin Theatre Trust in order to provide the long-term stewardship that the theatres required. Hoch led a team that negotiated a lease to own agreement with the City that was finalized in December, 2005.
He then served as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Hennepin Theatre Trust until early February, 2017. During his tenure, the theatres grew to serving nearly 500,000 visitors annually and became an economic engine of Minneapolis.
As the head of Hennepin Theatre Trust, Hoch secured funds from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the development of a “cultural district” in Downtown. He collaborated with the Walker Art Center, Artspace and the City of Minneapolis to create a plan for that District that today stretches from the Walker to the Mississippi Riverfront and from Nicollet Mall to First Avenue, a destination now known as “WeDo” (the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District).
As a component of activating WeDo, Hoch founded Made Here, an “urban walking gallery” that fills vacant storefronts in downtown Minneapolis with the work of local artists. Made Here has become the largest artists-in-storefronts initiative in the country. He also oversaw the creation of two murals. One mural is of Bob Dylan by Eduardo Kobra and the second is by local artist Greg Goessel.
Throughout his career, Hoch has volunteered for a variety of organizations, both at the neighborhood level and beyond. He has served as the Board Chair for the St. Anthony East and the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Associations. He was Board Chair of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District (DID) from 2014 to 2016 and was one of the founders of the DID. He is the past Chair of Open Book and served as Board Chair of The Animal Humane Society from 2014 through 2016.
Hoch is married to retired General Mills Executive Mark Addicks. They have a son, John who is a high school senior. They also have a daughter, Chris Oster, a public school teacher, who lives with her husband and three children in Chaska.