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    Mayor-to-Mayor: An interview with R.T. Rybak

    Former city of Saint Paul mayor Jim Scheibel talks with R.T. Rybak about his time as mayor of Minneapolis and his vision for the future of community engagement as the new CEO and president of the Minneapolis Foundation.

    R.T. Rybak served as mayor of Minneapolis from 2002-2014. Ten years earlier, Jim Scheibel, now professor of practice in the Hamline School of Business, was mayor of Saint Paul. Both are recognized as outstanding leaders who are committed to their cities and to the people who live in them. Join us for a conversation—mayor to mayor—about what it takes to serve the Twin Cities community through the ups and downs of serving as mayor. 

    Copies of R.T. Rybak’s book, Pothole Confidential, will be available for sale before and after the event.  There will also be an opportunity to have your book signed at the end of the event. 

    Event Details

    When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7 p.m.
    Where: Hamline University, Saint Paul campus, Klas Center, Kay Fredericks Room
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    Registration: Seats are limited, so register early. There is no charge to register or attend.


    About R.T. Rybak

    R.T. Rybak - Mayor to Mayor

    R.T. Rybak has served as president and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation since 2016.

    As leader of one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, Rybak oversees the management of nearly $700 million in assets; the administration of more than 1,200 charitable funds created by individuals, families, and businesses; and the average annual distribution of more than $50 million in grants.

    A Minneapolis native, R.T. Rybak spent almost 30 years working in journalism, the commercial real estate business, publishing, and the Internet before being elected mayor of Minneapolis (2002-2013) in his first run for public office. Most recently, he served as executive director of Generation Next, a coalition of civic, business, and school leaders focused on closing the racial achievement gap in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

    He is the author of Pothole Confidential about his 12 years as mayor of Minneapolis, serves as a senior advisor for municipal practice at Living Cities and is a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He and his wife, Megan O’Hara, have two grown children.

    About Jim Scheibel

    Jim Scheibel - Mayor to Mayor

    Jim Scheibel is currently professor of practice for Hamline School of Business. He focuses on teaching nonprofit management and public administration and utilizes the community as his classroom.

    Jim has a bachelor's degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and a Master in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.

    Scheibel began his career as a youth worker and community organizer. In 1982, he was elected to the City Council in Saint Paul, and two years later became council president. While on the Council, he served as president of the Association of Metropolitan Municipalities, president of the League of Minnesota Cities, and on the Board of the National Cities.

    In 1989, Jim was elected mayor of Saint Paul. During his years as mayor, he served as chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness and testified before Congress on those and immigrant issues.

    President Bill Clinton nominated Jim to be director of ACTION, for which position the Senate confirmed in January 1994. When ACTION merged into the newly created Corporation for National and Community Service, Jim continued to direct VISTA and the Senior Corps. Jim returned home to be executive director of two large nonprofits before becoming a faculty member at Hamline.

    Jim is active in the community and with national organizations. He is currently regional volunteer director of American Association of Retired Persons (a volunteer position) and serves on the boards of the Congressional Hunger Center, TPT (Twin Cities PBS), Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and Minnesota Voice.


    *Photo of R.T. Rybak credit: Thomas Strand Studio