Born and raised in Minneapolis, Tom Hoch earned his bachelor’s from St. Cloud State University and finished law school at Hamline University.
Hoch’s professional experience includes work for the Minneapolis Community Development Agency and the Historic Theatre Group and as the founding president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust, the deputy executive director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, and a teacher for the Minneapolis Public Schools. He has also served as the chair of the boards of directors of the Minneapolis Downtown Council/Downtown Improvement District and the Animal Humane Society, the president of the St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association, and a member of the executive committee of the Meet Minneapolis Board of Directors, the steering committee for the Ivey Awards, the steering committee for Minneapolis MOSAIC, and the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. He and his husband Mark have two children and three grandchildren.