About Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins made history in 2017 as the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. In addition to representing Ward 8 and serving as the Vice-President of the Minneapolis City Council, she is a writer, performance artist, poet and transgender activist.

Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979. She worked as a Vocational Counselor for Hennepin County government, for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

She holds a master’s degree in Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and a Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In 2018 she completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.

First Elected: 2017

Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Council Leadership Role: Vice-President

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Council Member Andrea Jenkins

Ward 8

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Address

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