Proactive Leadership and Vision for a Stronger Minneapolis
I love our neighborhood. This is a community where people go out of their way to know each other’s names. Where local businesses flourish. Where progressive values thrive. I’m proud to call South Minneapolis my home, and to raise my family here.
I’m running for City Council to bring more responsive, transparent leadership to Ward 11. By working together, we have a huge opportunity to make meaningful change at the local level. With my proven track record in advocacy and policymaking, I am enthusiastic about leading the way to a more equitable, vibrant, and sustainable Minneapolis.
Public service has always meant a great deal to me. I believe government can and should be a force for good, but we need bold and proactive leadership to capture that potential. I know this, because I’ve spent my career fighting for equity, combating poverty, and advocating for human rights in communities across the country. I have a long track record of bringing together people on different sides of an issue, and creating consensus despite deep divides.
This is the collaborative approach we need to ensure our City Council is doing as much as it can for the people. At a time when Minneapolis grapples with racial disparities, economic imbalance, and significant demographic shifts, we need leaders who will move beyond talking points to implement sensible policy solutions. We need leaders who will put progress ahead of politics.
So why, exactly, am I the right person to fight for you? What sets me apart?
I spend my days successfully advocating for bipartisan housing policy in a contentious State Capitol. As Policy Director of the Minnesota Housing Partnership, I understand well that bringing many voices to the table helps shape good policy. In turn, good policy can overcome even the starkest political divides. (More on my day job here.)
I know what a well-functioning government looks like, and I am committed to ensuring Minneapolis lives up to those standards. As the former Executive Director of CommonCause Minnesota, I fought hard for a more transparent and accountable state government. We’ve seen at the federal level what happens when our elected officials operate without this scrutiny, and we can always use more of it at the local level too.
I’m a labor-endorsed candidate with a demonstrated commitment to improving life for working families. Working on behalf of a labor union in Illinois, I helped shape successful legislative efforts to raise the state’s minimum wage. I also wrote the bill that beefed up benefits for under-covered low-wage workers.
I value cooperation and ensuring all voices are heard. I led the legislative strategy and campaign to abolish the death penalty in Illinois, a process through which I engaged with diverse constituents to achieve a historic and mutually beneficial result.
I’m happy to get wonky. I’ve worked as an attorney and, as a leader and board member of several nonprofits, I also have a good grasp of budgeting processes and data analysis. Effective city leaders embrace the nitty-gritty details of policymaking, not just the flashy parts. I can’t wait to dig in.
I’m always available to you, before and after Election Day. Never hesitate to reach out and let me know what Ward 11 issues are on your mind. I want to know what matters to you. It’s critical that your City Council member is approachable and accessible. (Reach me via email at or call me at 952-923-6691.)
My wife and I, along with our two young sons, are thrilled to have put down permanent roots in South Minneapolis. Our family is here. Our dreams are here. Our future is here. I look forward to working tirelessly to make this a vibrant community for everyone as your next City Council member.
Policy Director, Minnesota Housing Partnership
Executive Director, Common Cause Minnesota
National Strategy Counsel, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Executive Director, Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Deputy Legislative and Policy Director, Service Employees International Union, Healthcare Illinois and Indiana
Board of Directors, Amnesty International USA
Marquette University. University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law