City of Minneapolis hires Tyeastia Green as new executive director of Race & Equity

March 2, 2022

The City of Minneapolis has named Tyeastia Green the City’s new executive director of Race & Equity. Green previously served as director of Racial Equity, Inclusion & Belonging for the City of Burlington, Vermont.

As the City’s Race & Equity executive director, Green, a native of Minnesota, will assist City departments in developing goals to advance racial equity, create and transform policy, and establish accountability measures for meeting those goals. She will start her new role March 28.

The Division of Race & Equity drives culture change throughout the City enterprise and aims to dismantle systemic disparities and institutionalized racism to improve the lives of residents. Key areas of ongoing work include the City’s Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan, a plan that embeds racial equity principles into all aspects of the City’s work and defines goals that can be objectively measured and inform resource decisions; the annual Trans Equity Summit; the truth and reconciliation initiative, a process focused on implementing specific solutions to specific harms that created and perpetuate racial disparities; and the Northside Oral History Project, a community-based project that centers the stories of residents who have lived in the Penn/Plymouth area of north Minneapolis over the last 50 years.

In Burlington, Green led several significant racial equity initiatives, including establishing a Reparations Task Force, issuing recovery grant funding to Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) small businesses and nonprofits during the pandemic, planning the city’s first Juneteenth celebration and launching racial equity workshops for city employees.

“Minneapolis is home to me,” Green said. “I’m looking forward to taking on this role and making sure that equity is built into the fabric of the City’s operations. We need to ensure that race isn’t a determining factor in any measurable outcome.”

“Advancing race equity is a fundamental cornerstone of our work as an enterprise, and Tyeastia Green has the experience to drive us forward,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “She brings a demonstrated track record of strong leadership during her time at the City of Burlington, which will allow her to jump right in and support our continual efforts. We are thrilled to welcome her back to Minneapolis as she takes on this role.” 

“I’m very excited to welcome Tyeastia Green to the City as our new executive director of Race & Equity. This is a critical role and we need a strong leader in this position to help advance several significant bodies of work,” said City Council President Andrea Jenkins. “As we develop our Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we must be bold and act decisively as we address the longstanding racial inequities in our city.”

“We are looking forward to having Tyeastia Green join our leadership team at the City of Minneapolis and will work in partnership to advance the important goals of the City’s Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan,” said interim City Coordinator Heather Johnston.