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Government Relations

The Office of Government Relations represents the interests of the Minneapolis Public Schools before the following government bodies:

  • Hennepin County;
  • City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park Board;
  • The Minnesota Legislature;
  • The Executive branch, from the Governor's Office to executive agencies; and
  • Minnesota's Congressional Delegation.
Our goal: Secure the public policy reforms and resources needed to ensure that all students learn.


Josh Downham

  • MN Legislature
  • Executive Branch 
  • Federal Government

Ryan Strack
Assistant to the Supt. and Board

  • City of Minneapolis 
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Hennepin County

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Parent Legislative Action Committee

Join the MPS Parent Legislative Action Committee, open to all parents and community members. You will receive updates and action alerts with detailed, specific requests to reach out to Governor Walz and local legislators. Email Josh Downham or fill out our interest form to get involved. 

Complete the five-question interest form

Action Alert: March 8, 2024

Governor Walz and legislative leaders got some good news last week. The state's budget surplus grew by $1.3 billion and now is projected to be $3.7 billion. Because some of that amount is needed to cover a projected deficit in future fiscal years, the governor and legislature have $2.2 billion available if they choose to spend it. And I would like to ask you to encourage them to do just that.

View the full Action Alert