Building a Saint Paul that works – for all of us

I am running for Mayor of Saint Paul because of you – the people I know and see every day in our great city. In my work as a Saint Paul City Council Member and now as the Executive Director of Governor Dayton’s Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, I am constantly inspired by the ingenuity, dedication and work ethic of the people of Saint Paul.

This is an exciting time for Saint Paul – we have more people calling our city home than at any time in the last 40 years. There are more places than ever to enjoy a great meal and a local brew, dance to live music, or take in a sports game. Light rail is rolling on University Avenue, and the construction across our city means people and businesses are choosing to live, work, and play here.

We have work to do in our great city

This is also a critical time for our city. Now more than ever, cities like Saint Paul need strong, progressive leadership. Saint Paul has emerged from the recession as a stronger city, but too many families are working full time and still living in poverty. I have spent my career fighting for education and workforce development, living wage jobs, smart transit, affordable housing, and equitable public investments, and I am ready to fight for you.

Will you join me and my growing team to build a Saint Paul that works – for all of us? You can learn more about my life growing up and working here and how to join my campaign.

Together, we can write the next chapter of Saint Paul’s history and fulfill our promise — that every resident, in every part of our city, has the opportunity to succeed!

Our Priorities for the Future of Saint Paul

Lifelong Learning and Opportunity. Work with families, students, teachers and community members to ensure everyone in Saint Paul has access to opportunities from pre-K to career to retirement.

Healthy and Productive Communities. Expand prosperity by leading efforts to raise the minimum wage in Saint Paul and across Minnesota.

Economic Progress. Create new jobs by making it easier to start and grow local businesses.

Affordable Housing. Ensure households of all sizes and ages can affordably rent or own a home in Saint Paul.

Safe and Welcoming Neighborhoods. Make sure all of us feel safe by ensuring our police, firefighters, and inspectors reflect and honor the diversity of our communities and have the resources they need to succeed.

Reinvestment. Make 21st century infrastructure and service investments that modernize and strengthen our neighborhoods throughout the city.


As Saint Paul City Council Member for Ward One
  • Advanced equity and equal opportunity for all: Led the community process to create the city’s Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO)
  • Championed affordable housing, transit, and investment: Spearheaded the creation of a $2.5 million City Affordable Housing Trust Fund to help homeowners in the wake of the foreclosure crisis
  • Fought for high-quality education and safety for our children: Brought together a community-wide coalition to create the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, a broad education partnership among the City, County, School District and community organizations to ensure all children succeed from cradle to career, attracting over $20 million in investments in Saint Paul’s Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods since 2009

As Director of the Minnesota Office of Early Learning
  • Oversaw implementation of Minnesota’s $45 million Federal Race to the Top grant as director of Office of Early Learning
  • Partnered with Governor’s Office and agency leaders to help advocate for and administer over $100 million in increased state investments in children & families
  • Helped create & advance a proposed $500 million package of early childhood investments, including voluntary Pre-K, Home Visiting, and Child Care Assistance Program improvements.

As Executive Director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet
  • Advise Governor Dayton on Early Childhood policies and proposals, as well as police-community relations in the aftermath of the death of Philando Castile
  • Engage public and legislative leaders across the state to build energy and will around a transformative vision for supporting Minnesota children & families
  • Lead coordination efforts across state agencies & divisions to streamline efforts & make it easier for families to access resources
  • Children’s Cabinet received “Better Government” award from Lt. Governor Tina Smith for our work to build a statewide “no wrong door,” centralized system for parents to access resources & supports for their children


  • Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter
  • Saint Paul School Board President Jon Schumacher
  • Saint Paul School Board Member Mary Vanderwert
  • Saint Paul School Board Member Jeannie Foster
  • Nieeta Presley, Executive Director – Aurora-Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Mary Hamel
  • Daniel Yang, Community Leader and Senior Organizer – Children’s Defense Fund
  • Joan Wittman – DFL Activist

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Building a Saint Paul that works –

For all of us