I am pleased to announce Kevin Lindsey, J.D, as the Minnesota Humanities Center’s (MHC) new CEO. Kevin is a widely respected advocate and lawyer with a wealth of experience in public policy and education reform. A proven changemaker, Kevin’s career has focused on finding solutions to complex issues and strengthening institutions.
Kevin has a passion for inclusion for all, building a stronger democracy, and leveraging the power of personal stories. His innovative spirit, business acumen, and experience championing equity will help expand and grow MHC’s statewide impact.
As Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights from 2011 to 2019, Kevin led the department to prominence as a positive change agent across Minnesota and nationally, transforming how people think about diversity and inclusion. Incorporating culture and history, he facilitated community conversations to address human rights issues, discrimination, and inequity.
Kevin is excited to continue this work at MHC and serve the needs of Minnesotans through the humanities. “To build a more equitable society, we need to establish trust between communities and create space for meaningful conversations and empathy. The Minnesota Humanities Center is bringing people together through stories and dialogue in a way I’ve long admired,” he said.
With a deep commitment to public service, Kevin has held numerous governmental and nonprofit board roles, including Board Chair and Interim Executive Director of Walker West Music Academy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Growth and Justice, an organization seeking to create inclusive employment and business practices for all in Minnesota.
Kevin received his J.D. and B.S. in Political Science from the University of Iowa, where as a student he served as editor-in-chief of the Iowa Law Review. He was honored by his alma mater with the 2017 Iowa Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award. Kevin was also an AARP Minnesota and Pollen 2018 “50 Over 50” honoree and received the 2017 Minnesota Lawyer Diversity and Inclusion Award.
We are thrilled to have Kevin lead our talented staff as we position MHC for even greater impact as an innovator and humanities leader. We’ll announce opportunities to meet Kevin over the summer and hope you’ll be able to join us.
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By: Bryan Ljung
Bryan Ljung is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Humanities Center.