Mitra Jalali Nelson – Guest Speaker at the 2018 Annual Meeting
We are excited to welcome St. Paul City Councilmember Mitra Jalali Nelson as guest speaker at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 28, 2018, 6:00–8:30 pm, all members invited!
The proud daughter of immigrants, Mitra is devoted to fighting for opportunities for every family including increasing attainable and affordable housing, promoting transit and sustainability, and building community wealth. She states: "Our city is steadily growing, and that’s good for our future. It’s also our collective responsibility to ensure that every resident benefits from this growth."
Even if you do not vote in this St. Paul area, you might have seen Mitra signs in the neighborhood around the August primaries. Winning the 1st choice vote in a special election, she was sworn in as our Ward 4 Councilmember in early September. We like to think that our co-op is part of the heart of Ward 4 which includes St. Anthony Park, Hamline-Midway, Merriam Park, and portions of Mac-Groveland and Como.
Mitra's career began in New Orleans in 2008, just three years after Hurricane Katrina, as a high school social studies teacher with Teach for America. She returned to Minnesota with a strengthened commitment to public service, eventually becoming an organizer with the St. Paul Federation of Teachers where she learned that good ideas don’t just happen on their own; you have to organize them into reality. She worked directly on policy and constituent services as a congressional staffer, most recently with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in his district office. Mitra then ran for City Council because "… our city needs capable leaders who reflect our growth, our diversity, and our shared commitment to equity. In a city that is nearly 50% people of color and over 50% renters … I bring a perspective that is missing on the Council as both a woman of color and a renter myself. The future of our city is also inextricably connected to … our ability to end opportunity gaps that persist by race, gender, class, ability and more."
Mitra is a spirited new voice for our city – indeed, for our entire Twin Cities. Come hear her perspective on the small actions we can take as a community that add up to create big change!