I am the 47th mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, sworn in on January 2, 2014.
Prior to becoming mayor, I served on the Minneapolis City Council for eight years as the representative of Ward 13. On the Council, I served as chair of the Ways and Means/Budget Committee. Before running for public office, I was an organizer, working for TakeAction Minnesota and the Minnesota Justice Foundation. I also helped found a program in Albuquerque, New Mexico to get HIV-positive women the help and resources that they needed.
My husband, Gary Cunningham, is President and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) and a member of the Metropolitan Council. We have two children, four grandchildren, and two cats. In my spare time, I work on staying physically fit, writing, reading poetry and enjoying seasonal viewings of “Die Hard,” my favorite movie. I have an extensive collection of Wonder Woman memorabilia, and am an occasional karaoke singer with a limited range.