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The Citizens League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers people to engage in civic life and public policy to make Minnesota a better place to live and work for everyone.

Recent News

Announcing our next executive director, Jake Loesch

Announcing our next executive director, Jake Loesch

It is with great excitement that we announce Citizens League’s next executive director, Jake Loesch. After a thorough hiring process, Jake emerged as the top candidate and was unanimously approved by our board of directors.

Celebrating Jacob’s 10 Years at Citizens League!

Celebrating Jacob’s 10 Years at Citizens League!

Ten years at an organization is an impressive feat and something to celebrate. We are excited to share that Jacob Taintor, Citizens League’s Communications and Marketing Specialist, has reached this ten-year anniversary milestone!

June 8: Join our Capitol Pathways Celebration

June 8: Join our Capitol Pathways Celebration

In recognition of our fantastic student interns and in celebration of the only paid internship program in Minnesota that creates a policy career pathway for BIPOC college students, we gather to mark another successful program year.

Current Work

Interconnected: Rural-Urban Conversations

This conversation series – hosted by the Center for Rural Policy and Development and the Citizens League – bridges the divide between urban & rural Minnesota by exploring our shared challenges and how to design a future that works for our unique communities. All discussions are recorded and can be listened to and viewed online.

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.

Serving in Local Elected Office

Throughout the summer and fall of 2022, we sought out perspectives of those who have been asked to serve, those currently serving, and those running for local office in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Learn about what we heard.


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.

Thursday, March 21, 2024
2024 Civic Celebration

Join us and hundreds of your fellow Minnesotans — a diverse array of civic leaders, policy makers, and community builders — for an evening to celebrate the people and ideas that make our state unique.