Environmental Lawyer Corde Pierson Launches Minneapolis City Council Campaign for Downtown - Mississippi River Ward


Corde Pierson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Environmental Fund, Mississippi River Parkway commissioner and experienced community advocate, today announces her campaign to serve in the open Third Ward seat on the Minneapolis City Council, representing the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods, including the Mill District and North Loop, Marcy-Holmes and Dinkytown, and the Northeast Arts District. 

“As Minneapolis celebrates 150 years, I look forward with hope and confidence to serve our city and this vibrant, creative ward, including the city’s oldest neighborhood – Marcy-Holmes – and its fastest growing neighborhood today – the North Loop,” Corde noted.  “Minneapolis needs to be a city where all can thrive, where we have unique creative places, water you can drink, air you can breathe. Vitality and sustainability must be at the core of everything we do: work, play, learn, live. While we are strong in some areas, we need to focus policies and resources to address inequities and become a truly vibrant city.”

An attorney with environmental science training, Pierson brings more than twenty-five years of experience serving as a nonprofit executive director, board president, program director, and collaborative leader. Today she engages individuals and employers to support leading nonprofit organizations that protect, conserve and restore Minnesota’s environment.  As the first executive director for the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, Pierson hosted Riverfront Forums in the Mill District and Above the Falls, created the Mississippi River Map highlighting North and Northeast riverfront destinations, and helped secure a $1M grant to build the recently opened Great Northern Trail connecting Sheridan Memorial Park and Boom Island Regional Park.  While president of Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, she advocated for “Growth with Preservation” in Dinkytown, rallied neighbors to defeat a $3M noise wall on I35W, raised funds for Dinkytown Greenway wayfinding and Dinkytown’s Great Streets program, and launched the Sixth Avenue Greenway Care team.  As program director at the Trust for Public Land, she formed and contributed to partnerships to protect and advocate for clean water, land, historic preservation and the arts.

“My family chose to move to Minneapolis over 25 years ago as we sought a place with a great university, strong economy, and deep community and civic engagement.  I am grateful that we found a great Mississippi River neighborhood, and have enjoyed working with neighbors to make it a place where everyone can thrive.”

Corde, her husband Steve, and teenage son Alden live in Marcy-Holmes, and their son Merrick is majoring in chemistry at the University of Minnesota. More at www.cordeforcouncil.com