Jake Spano was elected as mayor in 2016 after a four-year term as council member at large B (2012-2016). His day job is as deputy secretary of State to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Prior to that, he was the marketing director for the City of St. Paul in Mayor Coleman’s administration and before that he served with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar overseeing statewide policy and leading her four state offices and staff.
Mayor Spano serves on the Southwest Light Rail Transit Corridor Management Committee and the Executive Committee for the Regional Council of Mayors, and is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He is a member of the Transportation Committee for the National League of Cities (NLC) Federal Advocacy Board, chair of the NLC Transit Subcommittee and co-chair of the NLC Municipal Learning Community for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation.
Prior to his public service, Mayor Spano worked as a project manager and account executive in the architecture, design and construction industry. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Hamline University and his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
His wife, Cate McDonald, is a teacher in the St. Louis Park Public Schools, where both of their children have attended. He and his family were adopted by a beagle mix named Derby and so far, the dog is winning at everything.
Term ends: January 2020
2018 mayor pro tem
The St. Louis Park City Council appoints council members who will serve as mayor pro tem to perform the duties of the mayor during disability or absence, or, in the case of a vacancy in the office of mayor, until a successor has been appointed or elected. Since 2014, the city council has appointed council members to serve as mayor pro tem for a four-month term on a rotating basis based upon seniority. The 2018 mayor pro tem schedule is:
January – April: Council Member Anne Mavity, Ward 2
May – August: Council Member Steve Hallfin, at large A
September – December: Council Member Tim Brausen, Ward 4