Mayor Frey to nominate Margaret Anderson Kelliher to lead Public Works Department

January 7, 2022

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will nominate Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher to serve as the City’s next Public Works Director. Anderson Kelliher brings deep expertise in transportation policy and finance, climate action, and organizational leadership. As MnDOT Commissioner, Anderson Kelliher leads a team of more than 5,000 State employees. During her time as Commissioner, she also created a new Office of Tribal Affairs to expand the agency’s work consulting with Tribal Nations, established the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council to help reduce carbon pollution from transportation, and has worked to deepen relationships with community leaders and local governments across the state and city.

“Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s leadership pedigree and volume of accomplishments in multimodal transportation for all users make her the right leader for our city’s largest department at the right time, especially given the historic federal investment in infrastructure” said Frey. “She has advanced meaningful, sustainable change at the highest levels of state government. She will be an exceptional addition to our administration in her home city as we take on ambitious climate goals and continue the work of building a more inclusive transportation and infrastructure system.”

“As Transportation Commissioner, I’ve worked directly with the Minneapolis Public Works team on many projects, recently including the completion of 35W@94 and improvements to the Third Avenue Bridge,” said Anderson Kelliher. “I’ve seen the dedication of City staff firsthand and the power that this local government has to make an immediate difference in people’s lives – while maintaining a focus on long-term goals including climate action work. I’m honored by the trust that Mayor Frey has placed in me and look forward to working with him and the City Council to build a stronger Minneapolis.”

Anderson Kelliher is a Minneapolis resident who previously served as the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives and President and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association. 

The Mayor’s nomination will be transmitted to the Minneapolis City Council at its organizational meeting on Monday, January 10, their first official meeting of the new year. Under the new government structure, the length of charter department head terms is four years.