About Jacob Frey
In 2013, Jacob Frey was elected to represent the new and incredibly dynamic Third Ward. As the first annual recipient of the City of Minneapolis Martin Luther King Jr. award, Jacob has repeatedly shown the ability to work in collaboration with a team to positively impact our diverse community.
Jacob grew up in Northern Virginia, and received a track scholarship to attend the College of William and Mary. After graduating with a degree in Government, Jacob received a contract from a shoe company to run professionally, and successfully competed for Team USA. He simultaneously attended law school at Villanova University from which he graduated cum laude. One of the races Jacob ran was the Twin Cities Marathon, and Jacob immediately fell in love with Minneapolis. The day after graduation he moved to Minneapolis to begin his legal career and the rest of his life.
While practicing law at Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Baker Daniels) and then Halunen & Associates, Jacob established a strong commitment for community organization, and helping those who are less fortunate. Since moving to Minneapolis, Jacob:
- Founded The Big Gay Race, mobilizing nearly 9,000 people, and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for marriage equality;
- Enabled numerous clients facing homelessness to stay in their homes, and get their lives back on track;
- Helped Isuroon – an organization devoted to the empowerment of Somali women;
- Practiced civil rights law, representing employees who are discriminated against in the workplace; and
- Was awarded the First Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award by the City of Minneapolis for his work in furtherance of civil rights.
This commitment to our community stemmed into his 2013 campaign for city council, which broke city-wide records in every category from caucus attendees to fundraising.
Last updated Dec 9, 2013