I’m Linea Palmisano. I’m a 17-year resident of Ward 13. My husband Matthew and I live with our sons Charlie and Oliver in the Linden Hills neighborhood.
It has been my greatest honor representing you on the Council. Local government is personal, it’s about our everyday lives, and I have loved interacting with the thousands of neighbors this job has brought me into contact with from major policy initiatives to everyday constituent needs.
Four years ago I asked for your support of me as a candidate in building a more progressive, prosperous, sustainable, and connected city. I listened to your hopes about a safer city for everyone, for a more connected city through better transit, for a focus on affordable housing and equity initiatives, while keeping an eye on city services and property taxes.
We’ve achieved a lot in the last four years, including a definitive plan for improved transit in West Calhoun. We now have a 20 year investment plan set in place for both our parks and our roads to increase maintenance and repair faster than we were doing before, while avoiding a costly referendum. Finally, we’ve rolled out compost collection service to residents across the city, and set ambitious goals for multi-family housing and commercial waste collection.
Before being elected, I served as board chair of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC), assistant track coach at Southwest High School, and founder of the NAVIGATE immigrant college access program. I worked to bring together business associations, private residents, our neighborhood council, and Council Member Hodges office to secure the first dedicated bike route in Ward 13 — an important piece in our local transportation puzzle. I bring these experiences with me every day to City Hall.
I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (Bachelor of Science), the University of Minnesota (MBA, with a focus on Strategy and Entrepreneurship), and St. Thomas (Certificate program for NonProfit Leadership).
Personally, my husband Matthew and I recently welcomed a new member to our family: Oliver Leonard Hitchin was born on January 23rd, 2017. Our son Charlie, who began kindergarten this year, is thrilled about becoming a big brother.