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Jake Spano has served as mayor since 2016. He was first elected as mayor in 2015, then re-elected to a second term in 2019. Prior to being elected as mayor, he served a four-year term as council member at large B. 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. He serves on the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors and as co-vice-chair of the NLC Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) council. He is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and a co-founder of Minnesota Mayors Together.

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 2024