Andrea Jenkins is the first out Black transgender woman to win elected office in the U.S. and currently serves as vice president of the Minneapolis City Council, where she represents Ward 8. Her election also marked the first time in history an out transgender woman was elected to a major city’s council. Prior to her election, Jenkins served as a City Council staffer for twelve years. From 2015 to 2018, she worked as an oral historian for the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota, documenting the stories of transgender and gender non-conforming Midwesterners. Jenkins is an accomplished poet and writer.
President of the Minneapolis City Council (2022 – present)
Vice President of the Minneapolis City Council (2018 – 2022)