In early March, Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson was appointed to the Metropolitan Council’s District 6 seat, which represents most of Southwest Minneapolis — along with St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, New Hope and Crystal.
She said her work on the council will be driven by a desire for more “conversations about our commonalities” and more equitable access to transportation, nature and other resources. Atlas-Ingebretson joins the most racially diverse class of Met Council members in the regional governing agency’s 52-year history.
A Minneapolis native and North High School graduate, she served most recently as the chief of staff at Juxtaposition Arts, a North Side organization that she described as teaching young people about “contemporary art, graphic design, landscape architecture, screenprinting, textiles and something called tactile urbanism, which is creative ways of engaging the public in spaces and decisions about spaces that impact them.”
Atlas-Ingebretson left Juxtaposition Arts when she joined the Met Council and started a new role at Youthprise, a philanthropic organization dedicated to reducing racial disparities among Minnesota youth. She lives with her husband, her mother-in-law and her 11-year-old son in Golden Valley.
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