Kate Cimino

Kate Cimino

Executive director

Citizens League




The credo of the Citizens League is “common ground, common good.” Kate Cimino became the league’s new executive director in September, just weeks before highly partisan election battles were decided. Cimino, who previously ran the policy fellows program at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, aims to bring together people with disparate views to find workable solutions to difficult social and economic problems. Public safety, aging, and caregiving are among the topics she plans to address. Rural-urban understanding is a priority area, as is helping young people of color pursue careers in politics and public policy. Despite the recent acrimonious ambience in politics, Cimino says she wants to chart a “more hopeful way forward.”