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Reva Chamblis

Metropolitan Council Member, District 2  |   See District 2 map and cities

Chamblis has wide-ranging experience in planning, organizing, and implementing community engagement projects and organizations. She was a human rights commissioner for the City of Brooklyn Park from 2013 to 2016. She served as consultant for engaging underrepresented residents in Brooklyn Park and other northeast Hennepin County cities in planning for the METRO Blue Line extension project, and is founder and president of Northwest Community Building.

Q&A

Why did you to apply for a seat on the Council?
I have been interested and involved in many aspects of the work at the Metropolitan Council over several years. Prior to being on the Council, I worked with a Health Equity Engagement cohort of consultants and other nonprofit leaders to inform and engage with community members along the proposed METRO Blue Line Extension (light rail) corridor. I applied for the seat because I wanted to use my business experience and my passion for economic and community development to help create strong communities and expand opportunities for more affordable and attainable housing and public transportation in communities across the region. My goal is to reduce economic disparities by infusing a stronger equity framework in the Council’s regional planning.

What are you most looking forward to during your service at the Council?
I’m looking forward to taking the good work of the Council to the next level through planning to achieve prosperity for all communities in the region. I believe cities working together to plan healthy, thriving communities while reducing economic and racial disparities fare better and are better positioned to succeed well into the future.

Within the Council’s work areas, what do you think is most on the minds of people in your district?
I believe everyone who values healthy communities is concerned about maintaining clean water and contributing to a healthy environment, a healthy housing market, and access to well-designed and well-run parks and recreation.

What will be your priority focus area in 2019?
My primary focus will be strengthening our planning process to assess and positively impact how we service and build thriving communities. I want to make sure there’s opportunity to achieving impactful and improved results in meeting our goals for all segments of the Twin Cities metropolitan region.

I serve on the following committees:

  • Transportation Committee (Vice-chair)
  • Community Development Committee
  • Urban Land Institute Advisory Board
  • Highway 252 Policy Advisory Committee
  • METRO Blue Line Extension Corridor Management Committee

What are the biggest changes you would you like to see in the Twin Cities region by 2040?
I would like to have the Council partner with our cities, leaders, and communities to get ahead of the curve as we experience demographic shifts. It’s crucial that we plan and adjust as necessary to ensure our growing and diverse populations thrive and are well serviced according to their needs. I believe as we approach 2040 we need to continue with strong partnerships in planning and work in concert with other organizations and leaders to sustain the benefits we have and desire for all communities.

More personally, what do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like to work out, attend jazz and R&B concerts, dine out, and attend and support community and engagement events.

Biography

Reva Chamblis lives in Brooklyn Park and represents District 2. The district includes, in Anoka County, the cities of Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop, and Spring Lake Park, and in Hennepin County, the cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, and Osseo.

Chamblis has wide-ranging experience in planning, organizing, and implementing community engagement projects and organizations. She was a human rights commissioner for the City of Brooklyn Park from 2013 to 2016. She served as consultant for engaging underrepresented residents in Brooklyn Park and other northeast Hennepin County cities in planning for the METRO Blue Line extension project (light rail), receiving the 2016 Rosa Parks “Diversity Award.” As founder and president of Northwest Community Building, she has worked with organizations and projects to boost voter education and civic engagement and initiatives to build community and cross-cultural connections.

“Planning, investment, and partnerships using resources equitably can create more opportunities in housing, transportation and economic development. My community engagement work with the planned Blue Line LRT extension confirmed for me that well planned and supportive transportation is crucial for local communities and economic growth. Just as important is keeping community members involved and engaged in the process.”

Chamblis has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and post-graduate certificates from the University of St. Thomas.

Committee assignments

Contact Information
390 Robert St. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 612-403-4951

reva.chamblis@metc.state.mn.us

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Appointed

Chamblis was appointed to the Metropolitan Council by Gov. Tim Walz in March 2019.