About Alondra Cano
When she was elected, Alondra said this to Minnesota Public Radio: “My entire life, I’ve worked on efforts to make sure the diverse communities of Minneapolis and Minnesota were engaged, empowered and served by the various institutions that govern us.” She added, “I’m humbled. I’m excited. I’m ready to serve.
In 2013 Alondra was elected to the 13-member Minneapolis City Council. Alondra is the first Latina/o elected to the City Council. In the same historic election, voters also elected Blong Yang, the first Hmong Council Member, and Abdi Warsame, the first Somali Council Member. Alondra serves on the youngest and most diverse City Council in the history of the City of Minneapolis.
Before her election to the City Council, Alondra served as a legislative aide to then Minneapolis City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren and she managed the Multilingual Communications Division at the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Alondra also served as an activist, a community organizer, and later the Associate Director of the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network. At the Freedom Network, Alondra worked on a wide range of social and racial equity issues facing Latino immigrants and undocumented students. Alondra advocated for comprehensive immigration reform, and she worked to enact the Minnesota Dream Act at the Minnesota Legislature. The Dream Act gives undocumented Latino students better access to higher education in Minnesota.
As a Council Member, Alondra represents Minneapolis’ Ninth Ward. The Ninth Ward is located in the heart of Minneapolis and is the most diverse Ward in the City with nearly 30,000 residents including the largest urban American Indian population, the largest Latino population, a strong East African community and a progressive LGBTQ community.
Alondra was born in Litchfield, Minnesota and spent her early years in Chihuahua Mexico before returning to Minnesota at the age of 10. Alondra attended the University of Minnesota where she became a student activist. During a sit-in protest to keep the General College open, Alondra was arrested and handcuffed along with fellow activist.
Last updated Jul 24, 2019