To build the coalition to elect community projects director Kevin Reich to the Minneapolis City Council, Ward 1, for the Eastside and all of Minneapolis' greater public benefit.
Kevin Reich has spent the last 20 years dedicated to neighborhood and community development. He is a Project Director for physical improvements in the community and advocate of direct citizen participation. Though work has been Citywide there has been an impassioned emphasis for Northeast Minneapolis.
The First Ward is a vibrant and diverse City Council ward in Minneapolis with a very active commercial corridor along Central Avenue, where many ethnic restaurants and emerging businesses line the street showing how a new influx of people to Northeast Minneapolis are reshaping the neighborhood. Ward 1 includes the neighborhoods of Columbia Park, Waite Park, Marshall Terrace, Audubon Park, Holland, Windom Park, Logan Park, Northeast Park, Mid-City Industrial, and a small part of the northern Como neighborhood.
There could be no better fit for such a diverse ward than Kevin Reich who has committed his public life to community organization and neighborhood advocacy. Kevin’s adult life has been spent bringing people together – whether it is advocating for a better business climate or building bridges through consensus and dialog, he has ensured that all voices are heard. His philosophy is one of a holistic and integrated approach to governance and community partnerships, resulting in resource efficiency and greater overall public benefit.
Born and raised in the working class neighborhoods of Northeast Minneapolis, Kevin Reich graduated from Edison Senior High School and then St. Olaf College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Asian Studies. He spent several years in Asia as a teacher, trainer, and writer of educational materials, and then moved to back to Minnesota to attend graduate school for Public Administration at Hamline University in St. Paul. He and his partner Cindy, the Director of Marketing for the Minnesota Orchestra, have since made Northeast Minneapolis their home where they are raising Kevin’s daughter, Oshana.
Upon returning to his origins in Northeast Minneapolis, Kevin has spent the last eight years as the Project Director of Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association, gaining extensive experience in strategic planning, budget and contract oversight, and project direction. He became a strong advocate for neighborhood participation and was an Eastside Food Co-op founding Board Member and Site Planning Project Chair. Every day Kevin works with all levels of local government (County, City, School and Park Boards), the small-business community, and nonprofits to direct resources, programming and projects for the betterment of Northeast Minneapolis.
Kevin announced his intentions to seek the open Ward 1 City Council seat as a natural extension of his proven service to the communities of Northeast Minneapolis. He has quickly established himself as a formidable candidate and won the DFL party endorsement on April 4th, in a field of four to succeed Council Member Paul Ostrow.
For many years, Kevin Reich served the Windom Park Neighborhood Association as their Board of Directors Co-chair, and currently serves as their Community Land Use & Planning Committee Chair. He is also a PEACE Foundation Co-founder and Vice President where his efforts have focused on youth involvement and crime prevention. Kevin Reich also currently serves on the Edison Community and Sports Foundation Board of Directors.
Find the official Kevin Reich for Ward 1 City Council group on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=55509517299
1. Proven Commitment to NE
2. Direct Experience improving NE
3. Established Results for NE
4. What is good for NE is good for MPLS