Barb Schlaefer is an experienced and collaborative park enthusiast who believes the Park Board can provide more responsive leadership for all those it serves. Her priorities focus on youth, equity, and the environment.
Barb’s 27 years working in communications leadership roles for the State of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota have given her a broad array of experiences in public service. She has worked for governing boards, as well as served on and chaired boards. She understands the role an effective board member can play in providing strategic direction and support.
As communications director for the Minnesota State system and later as communications director and acting director for the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Barb was involved in legislative advocacy and community outreach, experiences that will serve her well in advocating for parks and facilitating partnerships.
Barb served on the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota board for six years where she led its strategic planning task force and headed its public relations committee. She served on the board of Camp du Nord, a YMCA family camp north of Ely, MN, for 11 years, serving as board chair from 2017 to 2019 and leading various committees.
Barb came to the Twin Cities in the 1980s after graduating from the University of Kansas. She has lived in Minneapolis for 13 years and resides with her spouse, Paul, in the Fulton neighborhood. They have two adult children who also live in Minneapolis. She has been bicycling, running, walking, skiing, playing tennis, sailing, paddling and picnicking in Minneapolis for decades.
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