2018 Civic Celebration Honoring Richard Davis

On October 11, members, supporters, and friends of the Citizens League honored Richard Davis, whose innovative leadership has transformed Minnesota.

The Citizens League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to ensure Minnesotans of all backgrounds and ideologies have the opportunity to be engaged, inspired and empowered to take an active role in public policymaking. Together we must work to promote democracy for the common good.

Recent News

PHOTOS: Civic Celebration 2018

On October 11, members, supporters, and friends of the Citizens League honored Richard Davis, whose innovative leadership has transformed Minnesota. Thanks to all who could join us in celebrating civic engagement and leadership in Minnesota!...

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Civic Celebration Speakers Announced!

We’re pleased to announce an amazing line-up of speakers that will not only speak of the innovative leadership of Richard Davis, but also how his civic engagement, public investment, and community-building serves as a model for leaders throughout Minnesota. Mr. Miles Swammi, Ms. Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Mr. Ravi Norman join us October 11!

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Current Work

St. Paul Minimum Wage Study Committee

We are convening an independent study committee to answer key questions surrounding a minimum wage ordinance in the City of Saint Paul. Their charge will be to review previous scoping work, review other relevant research, agree on findings and conclusions from this effort, and finally, develop and put forward recommendations for a minimum wage ordinance to the City.

Calling Home

Minnesota’s 65+ population is increasing dramatically. As individuals, partners and families plan for life changes that are inevitable, we ask: What does home look like as we age? We’re here to help with the conversations and next steps as Minnesotans plan for the future.

Capitol Pathways

With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, the program opens access to the Minnesota Capitol to the next generation of leaders of color. Through this program, interns build relationships with established Capitol leaders, gain exposure to various kinds of careers in policy, get real-world experience in career fields they would like to learn more about and build a strong professional resume in the process.

Citizens League Voice is a quarterly publication that stimulates quality conversation and meaningful debate by engaging Minnesotans of all backgrounds and ideologies with non-sensational journalism and fact-driven essays designed to explore the most effective policy solutions for today and tomorrow.

Voice is delivered each quarter to our members. If you’re interested in supporting quality conversation on the issues that impact Minnesotans, join the Citizens League today! You’ll receive a subscription to Citizens League Voice.

This time, we tackle the mining in Minnesota: the facts and arguments surrounding public workers, economic anxieties, and the quest for retirement security. Iron ore helped shape Minnesota’s culture and history. Now, copper-nickel mining is dividing those who want to protect the environment and those who want to see more mining in the Northland. Read A Good Debate: Ground Control online now.


The Citizens League hosts forums for civil discussion across Minnesota. Our event series includes events that are open to the public, member-only and workplace events to help inform and engage Minnesotans on important policy and civic leadership discussions. Event series’ include Policy and a Pint™, Mind Opener and EDTalks.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Mind Opener: The Governor’s Task Force on Housing

Join us at our next Mind Opener Policy Breakfast, where we’ll welcome task force co-chair Acooa Ellis to talk about the Governor’s Task Force on Housing, which she co-chaired.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Mind The Gap: Election 2018 Panel with Tom Weber

Are you having trouble keeping track of all that’s on the ballot in Minnesota in November? We’ll get you caught up!

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