Council member Dai Thao believes that Saint Paul is at a pivotal moment in need of leadership that will stand with the people despite the uncertainty at the state and federal governments. We can't keep taxing the hard-working people of St. Paul to solve wasteful spending. Our city needs a bold direction that will tackle the racial disparities gap that is crippling our economy, make sure that our city services operate equitably across all neighborhoods, and assure that residents are invested in because they are the infrastructure of our community and economy. To do this, our community deserves tenacious leadership from an invested, hardworking and responsive Mayor who can both listen to and empathize with the diverse residents of St. Paul. Dai is a proud and determined progressive who will help us ensure a more prosperous and secure future for the Capital City.
Dai Thao was born in war-torn Laos where his father and uncles fought on behalf of the United States. He came to Minnesota as a refugee and grew up in a single-parent household in the public housing projects of North Minneapolis. After high school, he attended Montana State University and shortly found himself having to move back to support his mother and younger siblings because the City used eminent domain to demolish their home. He quickly landed an IT job and bought a house to support his mother and siblings.
Since then, he has been an IT professional and found his way into community organizing through his faith and pursuit of justice. He organized with ISAIAH and TakeAction Minnesota prior to being elected to the City Council in 2013. He is a husband, father, and an Eagle Scout. In 2015 Dai Thao was named by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business journal as a Top 40 Under 40 honoree for his community leadership.
In 2016 he was a recipient of the Facing Race Ambassador award given by the St Paul Foundation, and was named by Twin Cities Business as one of their “100 People to Know in 2017”. He currently serves as the Information Technology Manager for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. He also serves on the St. Paul Library Board, the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board, Twin Cities Land Bank Board, the Family Housing Fund, the Dispatch Policy Board, and the St. Paul Port Authority.
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