Mayor Melvin Carter - St. Paul, MN


Melvin Carter is a fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Saint Paul public school graduate, former Saint Paul City Councilmember, father, and Saint Paul’s Mayor. Carter has been working to engage, enfranchise, and uplift people not only in Saint Paul, but also across the state and nation. In the run up to his campaign for Mayor, Carter spent a year in conversation with neighbors through a series of listening sessions called Imagine Saint Paul. His unconventional campaign focused on grassroots organizing and earning support from every corner of the city.

The Director’s Intern will be placed within Mayor Carter’s office, focusing on research, community engagement and support to advance policy work or within the City of Saint Paul’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) working on the preparation for the launch of Saint Paul’s College Savings Account program in January 2020, fair housing policy research, and community engagement.


The City of Saint Paul’s Mayor’s Office Policy Associate is responsible for advancing initiatives and broad policy objectives.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and leads project activities in support of the Policy Directors, Intergovernmental Relations Director, Community First Public Safety Director, Chief Equity Officer, Chief Innovation Officer, and Chief Resilience Officer.
  • Provides administrative support to the Directors and the Chief Officers in a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, preparing reports, preparing background information for meetings, budget tracking and research, and other duties such as scheduling meetings, returning phone calls, entering data, sorting mail, and filing.
  • Provides communications support to the Directors and Chiefs such as: drafting memos, talking points, grant proposals and correspondence, and preparing and delivering community presentations.
  • Provides policy and outreach support by attending community meetings and events, conducting research to inform policy development, communicating with constituents and key community groups and providing staff support to the Mayor.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Effectively communicate across dimensions of difference, including race, age, class, orientation and culture.
  • Excellent electronic communication skills and ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments or projects simultaneously, attentive to details and responsive to deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must have interest in and commitment to community-based issues.

Additional Applicant Information

EEO/AA Employer: The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative actionemployer. Women, persons of color, members of the LGBT community, and individualswith disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Veteran's Preference: If you are a veteran as defined by the State of Minnesota andwish to claim veteran's preference, submit a copy of your military form DD214 at time ofapplication. You must provide a copy of the DD214 to attain veteran's preference.

2019 Intern Reflections:

This summer, I am working on Fair Housing policy in the City of Saint Paul as part of the Office of Financial Empowerment. It is the newest city department so I get to see it grow and develop. Things move fast in Mayor Carter's administration. All the work I am putting in this summer will help shape the Fair Housing policy agenda to be passed this fall in the city. The first half of my summer, I mostly did policy research, something I have always wanted to try. For the second half of the summer, we worked on a series of engagement events to get the perspectives of residents on what the solutions are to the important issue of housing access. I took the lead on planning the logistics for these events. It is a privilege to work in an administration where such a focus is placed on the voices of everyday people. Not to mention, Mayor Carter fosters an inclusive work environment. He encourages everyone, including me, to speak up in meetings. I feel like my voice is truly valued, and I am really making a difference.

Amal Abdi '21

The motto of the mayor’s administration is “A Saint Paul that works for all of us”, and in our office, itself the related buzzwords are “radical hospitality”. What all that means is – whenever you are not working on a specific project, you work in constituent services – working the front desk for when people come in, answering the phones, responding to emails and voicemails, etc. to ensure that, at all times, we are doing as much as we can to answer the concerns of every person who contacts us. There is a very real, driving, culture of engagement in the office – the goal of Mayor Carter and his administration is to bring as many people into the governing process as possible, both in the short term and in the long term.

As for specific projects, among others, I have staffed the mayor at a few events, and worked on processing responses to the city’s Climate Action Plan, and have more coming down the pipeline. Staffing the mayor consists of two things – prepping the advance materials (schedule, prepared remarks, and the who’s who) as well as going with the mayor to the event itself to take photos, helping things run on schedule, and so on. In terms of schedule, I work 8-hour days, from 8:30 to 4:30, every weekday.

Overall, it’s been a very positive experience so far! I love working with my coworkers, and Saint Paul is my hometown. I find it extremely rewarding, both to be doing something that I think I would like to do for a living, and to be helping people in the place where I grew up. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to do so!

David Moberg '22

St. Paul, MN