About Phillipe Cunningham

Phillipe Cunningham (pronounced fil-LEAP) represents Ward 4 in North Minneapolis. He is the first and currently only out trans man of color elected to office in the United States.

Council Member Phillipe Cunningham

Phillipe Cunningham (pronounced fil-LEAP) represents Ward 4 in North Minneapolis. He is a forward-thinking policy wonk and a fierce community advocate who dearly loves his Northside community.

Elected in 2017, CM Cunningham became the first person of color to represent Ward 4 and the first out trans man of color to be elected in the world. Prior to serving on the City Council, he:

  • Served former Mayor Betsy Hodges as her Senior Policy Aide for education, racial equity and LGBTQ+ rights
  • Worked as a special education teacher and youth worker for more than 10 years

Council Member Cunningham primary goal is to build intergenerational peace and prosperity in the community.

His writings have been published in The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys and Millennial Compact with America.

First Elected: 2017

Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Pronouns: he/him/his

Boards, Commissions and Task Forces

  • Bottineau Boulevard Steering Committee
  • North Metro Mayor’s Association
  • Northside Home Fund
  • Penn Avenue Community Works
  • Penn Avenue Steering Committee
  • State Community Health Services Advisory Committee
  • Youth Cabinet
  • Violence Prevention Steering Committee

Contact us

Council Member Phillipe Cunningham

Ward 4

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Address

City Hall
350 S. Fifth St., Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415