Minneapolis Civil Rights Department welcomes Cassidy Gardenier as the Assistant Director, Civil Rights – Employment Equity

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The Minneapolis Civil Rights Department is pleased to announce that Cassidy Gardenier will be joining the department as the Assistant Director, Civil Rights – Employment Equity. Ms. Gardenier has served as a Business Process and Data Analyst in the City Coordinator’s Office, involved in a variety of projects, most notably in leading the City in the development of its four-year strategic planning process and in the creation of the City’s goals and values that guide the City’s work. Her work managing the City’s performance management program, “Results Minneapolis,” provides her with a necessarily wide scope of departmental knowledge, goals, and strategies.

Ms. Gardenier also lent her analytical skills to the City’s work with many community partners on the extensive application for a Promise Zone designation, as well as helped shape the Minneapolis Innovation Team Grant, earning the City a $2.7 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to ensure equitable City services throughout Minneapolis, all within her first few years in the City.

Prior to coming to the City, Ms. Gardenier worked as the VP of the Young Progressive Majority where she engaged new and young voters to participate in the political process through voting and activism. Her work at YPM, in combination with her time spent as a program coordinator serving people with disabilities, reinforce that she is a great fit for the job as Assistant Director, Civil Rights – Employment Equity.

Minneapolis Civil Rights Director, Velma Korbel, summed up her thoughts about hiring Ms. Gardenier this way, “Cassidy is going to be great and do great things in her new role leading Employment Equity because she is passionate about Equity and it shows through both her words and her previous work. She has demonstrated over and over again that she uses her talents and intelligence to get results. Her energy is exactly what we need right now to take the work of the Employment Equity Division to the next level. I am extremely pleased that she will be joining our leadership team!”

Cassidy may be reached at (612) 673-3054 or by email at cassidy.gardenier@minneapolismn.gov.

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