Sheila will be the first openly LGBTQ Mayor in Minnesota
Sheila Nezhad is a community organizer, renter, and mixed-race queer woman running for mayor of Minneapolis. Sheila came into community organizing while fighting for LGBTQ rights, and in the decade since has been organizing for racial, social, and economic justice. Sheila currently works as a policy analyst for Reclaim the Block and at Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio. Sheila was born in Fargo, ND, was raised in Minnesota and has called Minneapolis her home for the past 12 years.
Born to a Persian immigrant father and Anishinaabe-Norwegian-Swedish mother, Sheila got an early start in cross-cultural movement building. Sheila got a master’s degree at the Humphrey School of Public Affair, built working-class solidarity as a restaurant worker and later union member, and served as board president of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association.
Sheila has been running campaigns for safety beyond policing at city hall for years. Through her work with Reclaim the Block, she helped move millions of dollars to create the Office of Violence Prevention. As mayor, she will fight for real safety solutions that address the core causes of violence and harm and build racial justice.
She believes the people of Minneapolis are powerful, resilient, and creative and it’s time for elected officials to catch up. Sheila is fighting to build a city where everyone who wants to live here can afford to do so, where life is treated as precious, and safety means safety for everyone.