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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

Capitol Pathways Spotlight: Abdihamid Badri, 2019 Alum

Capitol Pathways Spotlight: Abdihamid Badri, 2019 Alum

To Abdihamid, Capitol Pathways is unique and critical because it centers the experiences of students of color and acknowledges the barriers they face when entering the policy space. Read more about his Capitol Pathways experience.

Capitol Pathways Spotlight: Jess Lindeen

Capitol Pathways Spotlight: Jess Lindeen

As we celebrate another successful year of the Capitol Pathways Program—the only paid internship program in the state that opens a policy career pathway for BIPOC college students— we ask you to join us in investing in the next generation of civic leaders.

Watch Now: How Do I Talk to My Neighbor Again?

Watch Now: How Do I Talk to My Neighbor Again?

How can we have conversations within our communities, even as we hold different viewpoints? Watch the discussion now with Minister JaNaé Bates and University of Minnesota Associate Dean of the Social Sciences Howard Lavine.

Current Work

Saint Paul Community-First Public Safety Commission

In 2021, the Citizens League was selected by the City of Saint Paul to lead a Community-First Public Safety Commission. The commission helped shape Saint Paul’s continued work to take a holistic and sustainable approach to building safer outcomes in its neighborhoods. 

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 16, 2023
2023 Civic Celebration

Join the Citizens League’s annual Civic Celebration, an annual event to honor the courageous leadership and dedicated public service of extraordinary Minnesotans.

Citizens League
400 Robert St N, Suite 1820
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 293-0575