Common Ground for the Common Good

About the Citizens League


The Citizens League is a member-supported nonpartisan nonprofit organization that champions the role of all Minnesotans to govern for the common good and promote democracy.

For 65 years and counting, the Citizens League has been engaging citizens and solving problems by bringing diverse perspectives together to find common ground. The Citizens League has developed and implemented nonpartisan policies on critical issues facing Minnesota, such as education, governance, taxes, parks, and transportation.

Our approach to problem solving starts with a non-partisan look at the facts; involves people and communities directly affected by the problem; and makes sure diverse backgrounds, parties and ideologies are at the table. Over several decades, this proven method makes Minnesota a better place to live and work for everyone.

The Citizens League is directed by a volunteer board, guided by operating committees, and financially supported by individual members, foundations and businesses. In addition to policy projects, the League also hosts several events throughout the year – opportunities to convene and engage with people with different viewpoints on a variety of policy issues.

Mission & Vision


Mission: The Citizens League is a member-supported nonpartisan nonprofit organization that champions the role of all Minnesotans to govern for the common good and promote democracy.

Vision Statement:

Through our work:

  • Minnesotans of all backgrounds, parties and ideologies are engaged, inspired and empowered to see the role they play in public policy and act on it, reigniting Minnesota’s ability to implement innovative and effective policy solutions for the 21st Century; and
  • The Citizens League is a relevant and respected policy resource, leveraging the strength of our 60-year legacy with a focus on solving tomorrow’s problems, and earning the ongoing support of our members, board, leadership and staff.

Citizens League Board of Directors


Jessica Bell

SKS Consulting

Patrick Born

Retired

Bob Butterbrodt

Wells Fargo

Elizabeth Campbell

Ryan Companies

Nadia Elnagdy

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office

Susan Hammel

Cogent Consulting

Scott Hietpas

Ecolab

John Knapp

Winthrop & Weinstine

Heidi Larson

Goff Public

Cyndi Lesher

Retired, Xcel Energy

Laura Monn Ginsburg

Apparatus Public Affairs

James Nikolai

U.S. Bank

Aaron Pearson

Weber Shandwick

Paula Prahl

Varde Partners

Christine Searson

The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations

Cullen Sheehan

Lockridge Grindal Nauen

Damon Shoholm

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Kurt Zellers

MZA+Co.

Citizens League Staff


Matt Byrne

Policy Program Manager

Sarah Stout Miller

Development Associate

Pahoua Yang Hoffman

Executive Director

Jacob Taintor

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Angelica Klebsch

Policy Director

Kalia Xiong

Program Manager

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