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, and before taking elected office Jacob championed a wide range of causes from founding The Big Gay Race to representing employees experiencing discrimination in the workplace.
His commitment to our community continued with his 2013 campaign for city council, which broke records from caucus attendees to fundraising. As a candidate, Jacob promised to trigger growth, reduce the achievement gap, improve environmental sustainability, and help those in need. As a council member, Jacob's leadership has resulted in a thriving Third Ward that accounts for more that 65 percent of the growth in the entire city. In addition, Jacob helped bring the affordable housing trust fund to record levels, he pushed for additional methods to improve downtown safety, and he helped bring a new school to serve Third Ward families. Jacob championed new transportation options like Uber and Lyft, lead on public realm improvement projects like the Nicollet Mall redesign, the Commons, the dramatic reduction of surface parking lots, and a fully connected Mississippi trail in Northeast. Additionally, as Chair of the City Council’s Elections and Rules Committee, Jacob has pushed for programs to increase voter registration and engagement, and has increased the number of voting precincts to improve access to the ballot box.
Jacob's commitment to our community is stronger than ever and his pride in Third Ward residents drives him to continue to work hard to make Minneapolis a world-class city for everyone.
Last updated Feb 1, 2016