Jacob Frey

June 21, 8:00am - 10:00am CDT. Hosted at The Commons

part of a series on Wonder


About the speaker

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey grew up in northern Virginia and went to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA on a track scholarship. After graduating with a degree in government, he began running professionally while attending law school at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA. That’s when he came to Minneapolis to run the Twin Cities Marathon and when he fell in love with Minneapolis. The day after graduating, he drove 1,200 miles west to Minneapolis, his chosen home.

As an employment, business litigation, and civil rights attorney, Jacob became an active community organizer. In 2011, he spearheaded efforts to launch the Big Gay Race, which raised over $250,000 to help defeat the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman. He also became involved in advocacy for the homeless, helping tenants who lost their homes in North Minneapolis. In 2012, the City of Minneapolis awarded its inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Award to Jacob for his civil rights work.

Since his election as Mayor in 2017, Jacob has championed an agenda centered on increasing access to affordable housing throughout the city, strengthening community-police relations, and fueling economic growth through inclusive policies. From a record-setting investment in the city’s efforts to expand and preserve affordable housing to helping launch the state’s only black-owned financial institution to strengthening the Police Department’s body-worn camera policy, Jacob is delivering results and laying a strong foundation for Minneapolis.

Jacob lives on the Eastside of Minneapolis with his wife, Sarah Clarke. Sarah practices government relations with a focus on early childhood education.

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Additional details

What is the event like? CreativeMornings is about community and inspiration. Come for both! Since we’re outside this month, we’re starting a little earlier. Check-in will begin at 8:00am, and we’ll have coffee and breakfast ready for you. Coffee time is great for meeting the other CreativeMornings attendees. The talk will start at 8:40am. After the talk, we’ll have more activities in the park. We like giving high-fives.

Activities We’re outside this month and will have several activities in the park! Stay tuned for more details on this page and in the next email.

This Month’s Theme: Wonder This month’s theme is Wonder, chosen by our Copenhagen chapter and illustrated by Rune Fisker.

Venue Details We’ll have seating for most, but please feel free to bring your own chair or blanket. Don’t worry - we have a rain plan if needed. If it’s bad weather, we’ll let you know what to do.

Parking? The Commons is located between 4th and 5th Street S and Park Avenue and the Edition Apartments. The park is steps from the U.S. Bank Stadium Light Rail Train station and bus stops serving multiple local and express routes. Convenient bike parking is available at 55 bike racks surrounding the park. A Nice Ride station is located at the corner of 4th Street and Park Avenue during the bike share program’s months of operation. Public transit: Blue train light rail to U.S. Bank Stadium, buses, Nice Ride. More parking: metered parking on S 4th Street (more available on weekends), Mills Fleet Farm Parking Ramp (740 S 4th St, Minneapolis, 55415) and Jerry Haaf Parking Ramp (424 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, 55415).

Questions? Please let us know if you have other questions about the event: minneapolis [at] creativemornings.com