Barb was first elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 1997 to represent the Fourth Ward in the northwest corner of Minneapolis. She has served as President of the Minneapolis City Council since January of 2006. Barb serves on the Public Safety & Health, Executive and Zoning & Planning committees of the City Council.
She also serves on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, and the Mississippi Riverfront Partnership. Governor Mark Dayton recently appointed Barb to the Board of PERA, the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association.
Barb is a registered nurse. Her background in health has spurred her support for health sector growth in Minneapolis. She has a strong interest in parks due to her 18 years of service on the Metropolitan Parks & Open Space Commission. She also served on the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area Commission, appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Barb was a founding member of the Victory Neighborhood Association (VINA) and was the Chair from 1994-1997. She is a former Girl Scout leader and community volunteer.
Barb and her husband Duane, an attorney, have three adult daughters and five grandchildren.
Barb supports increasing the size of the Minneapolis Police Department which will decrease response times and is also supportive of the extensive training Minneapolis officers receive in Mental Health Crisis Intervention, Implicit Bias and Procedural Justice.
She feels that all residents should receive respectful, prompt and helpful service from our police and follows through when she receives complaints about officers who treat neighbors in a unhelpful manner.
When asked what residents value about their City, our park system ranks very high. In fact, Minneapolis’ Convention and Visitors Association has the slogan, “City by Nature”. When the the Minneapolis Park And Recreation Board did an assessment of the needs for increased operating and capital for the system and recommended going to the voters for a levy increase which would have fallen heavily on homeowners, Barb led the charge to find a more practical solution. The result was a 20 year agreement between the City and the Park Board that increases spending for our parks and Northside facilities will be the first to see new improvements due to the equity measurements the Park Board uses in it’s decision making.
The Upper Harbor redevelopment offers a great opportunity for increased green space and aggressive storm water treatment. The developer selected for the Upper Harbor has great experience in storm water management and we will see innovative proposals for a green redevelopment. Shingle Creek has benefitted from active work by the Shingle Creek Watershed Commission. This year several projects are planned to improve the water quality in this natural resource that winds it’s way through our neighborhoods.
Barb worked with the Minnesota Pollution control Agency to craft a legal solution that shuts down Northern Metals.
On a better note, the 4th Ward has benefitted from the opening of the County’s first natural swimming pool at Webber Park and will soon enjoy a beautiful new Hennepin County Library fronting on a refurbished Victory Memorial Drive. The opportunity to plan and implement the conversion of nearly 50 acres of publicly owned land on the banks of the Mississippi River from industrial use to a community oriented mix of housing, jobs and great green space is our most challenging adventure. Please help support this conversion at the Upper Harbor.