Former MN Human Rights Commissioner Named CEO For MN Humanities Center

Kevin Lindsey
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Former Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights Kevin Lindsey, J.D. has been named CEO of the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC). Lindsey is a widely respected advocate and lawyer with a wealth of experience in public policy and education reform. A proven changemaker, his career has focused on finding solutions to complex issues and strengthening institutions.

“Kevin is highly-regarded in communities statewide and his exceptional combination of skills and experiences will help position MHC for even greater impact as an innovator and humanities leader,” said Bryan Ljung, MHC Board Chair.

Lindsey has a passion for inclusion for all, building a stronger democracy, and leveraging the power of personal stories. His innovative spirit, business acumen, and experience championing equity will help expand and grow MHC’s statewide impact.

As Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights from 2011 to 2019, Lindsey led the department to prominence as a positive change agent across Minnesota and nationally, transforming how people think about diversity and inclusion. Incorporating culture and history, he facilitated community conversations to address human rights issues, discrimination, and inequity. Lindsey is excited to continue this work at MHC and serve the needs of Minnesotans through the humanities.

“To build a more equitable society, we need to establish trust between communities and create space for meaningful conversations and empathy. The Minnesota Humanities Center is bringing people together through stories and dialogue in a way I’ve long admired,” he said. With a deep commitment to public service, Lindsey has held numerous governmental and nonprofit board roles, including Board Chair and Interim Executive Director of Walker West Music Academy.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Growth and Justice, an organization seeking to create inclusive employment and business practices for all in Minnesota. Lindsey received his J.D. and B.S. in Political Science from the University of Iowa where, as a student, he served as editor-in-chief of the Iowa Law Review. He was honored by his alma mater with the 2017 Iowa Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award. Lindsey was also an AARP Minnesota and Pollen 2018 “50 Over 50” honoree and received the 2017 Minnesota Lawyer Diversity and Inclusion Award.

—Information provided by Minnesota Humanities Center