The Minneapolis Foundation is significantly impacted by what happens at Minneapolis City Hall. This means a change in political leadership can be of vital importance to our work in the philanthropic and civic world. The Foundation now has an exciting opportunity help ensure a smooth transition as a new administration begins its work in city government.
I have been asked to be a co-chair of Mayor-elect Frey’s transition team, a role that I am taking on as a lifelong Minneapolis resident, former Mayor, and President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation. My priority during this two-month volunteer commitment will be to help the Mayor-elect’s team develop an inclusive process for all people in the city to come forward with new ideas for a new government. This is a civic, nonpartisan role intended to help heal divisions after an election and help the city move forward. For the record, I didn’t endorse a candidate in the mayor’s race; instead, I provided advice to any who wanted it.
This role presents the Foundation with a unique opportunity to build energy and momentum around our values and work. The Mayor-elect has put a special focus on equity, the core of our work, and two areas where our staff and donors are extremely focused: affordable housing and police community relations. In those efforts, I will be looking for opportunities for our staff and donors to strengthen the city going forward.