Encouraging an informed citizenry to participate in government
Long-time league member Carol Frisch, who chaired the search committee, said: "Keesha’s keen wit and intelligence will be assets as she manages the League’s many voter services, education projects and collaborations."
Lawyer and activist Keesha Gaskins ’96 is working to engage more Minnesotans in the democractic process.
Since December 2007 she’s been executive director of the League of Women Voters Minnesota, the state branch of that venerable organization that has has fought since 1919 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy.
After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Gaskins attended Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. She practiced law at Bowman and Brooke in Minneapolis until her recent appointment to lead the MWPC.
Gaskins has served in a variety of leadership and advocacy roles, including chair of the City of St. Cloud Human Rights Commission, member of the African-American Leadership Council for the Democratic National Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association Board of Governors, the Girls Scout Council of Greater Minneapolis and executive director of the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus.
The League registered 10,033 new voters between January 2007 and May 2008.