City Councilmember, Ward 9
City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Gary Schiff was elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2001 and was re-elected by a two-to-one margin in 2005. He took office in a period of deep cuts in state and federal aid to cities. Schiff supported fiscal reforms that saved taxpayers millions by reducing $80 million of debt, advocated for long-term financial planning, and stopped police and fire department layoffs.
Schiff authored the city’s Sustainability Plan, started the Wireless Minneapolis system, made Minneapolis bars and restaurants smoke free, and fought to create new gang prevention programs. He is currently leading efforts to bring streetcars back; welcome immigrants; fight foreclosures; end homelessness; and make Minneapolis a model sustainable city.
Schiff is an avid cyclist, AIDS activist, and lives in the Corcoran neighborhood with his partner, David Barela. Schiff’s community work includes serving as cochair of the capital campaign for Little Earth of United Tribes, the largest American Indian-owned housing development in the country and on the capital campaign for Alliance Housing.
Schiff has served as a board member of his local small business association and is a board member of the Twin Cities Family Housing Fund and a member of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Housing Finance Board, which finances affordable housing and homeownership programs in the Twin Cities.
Schiff earned his Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota and studied Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs with an emphasis on economic development.