Age: 39

Home: Windom Park neighborhood of Minneapolis

Work: Chief of staff for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak since 2009; joined mayor's office in 2005 as communications director. Previously was a senior account executive at public relations firm Tunheim Partners, public policy director for Minnesota Smoke-Free Coalition, and community affairs manager for Minnesota AIDS Project.

Education: B.A. from Macalester College; majored in communication studies and political science, minored in gender studies.