Linea Palmisano

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Linea Palmisano
Palmisano in 2018
Member of the
Minneapolis City Council
from the 13th ward
Assumed office
January 2014
Preceded byBetsy Hodges
Vice President of the Minneapolis City Council
In office
January 10, 2022 – January 8, 2024
Preceded byAndrea Jenkins
Succeeded byAisha Chughtai
Personal details
Born1976 (age 47–48)
Political partyMinnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame (BS)
University of Minnesota (MBA)

Linea Palmisano is an American businesswoman, non-profit executive, and politician serving as a member of the Minneapolis City Council for the 13th ward.


Palmisano earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, where she specialized in strategy and entrepreneurship.[1][2]


Palmisano has worked as the board chair of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council and founder of the NAVIGATE immigrant college access program.[3] She also worked as a track coach at Southwest High School. She also served as an intermediary between neighborhood association and the office of Mayor Betsy Hodges. Palmisano was elected to the Minneapolis City Council in November 2013 and took office on January 2, 2014, succeeding Hodges.[4][5][6] While city council seats are officially nonpartisan, Palmisano is affiliated with the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party.[7][8]

After the murder of George Floyd and resulting protests, Palmisano was one of three council members who did not sign a formal pledge to defund the police department. In a letter, Palmisano announced her support for a human rights lawsuit against the Minneapolis Police Department and advocated for "transformative change" of the department and its practices.[9][10]

On January 10, 2022, Palmisano was elected as Vice-President of the Minneapolis City Council in an 8-5 vote.[11] She served in the role until January 2024.[12] She is the sitting vice-chair of the Administration & Enterprise Oversight Committee and a member of the Public Health & Safety Committee.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Palmisano lives with her husband and two sons in Linden Hills, Minneapolis.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Linea Palmisano | Linea Palmisano for Minneapolis City Council". Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  2. ^ "Linea Palmisano". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  3. ^ Halter, Nick (2013-04-22). "Palmisano hopes to bring collaboration to City Hall". Southwest Journal. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  4. ^ "Ward 13 - Linea Palmisano - City of Minneapolis". Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  5. ^ "About Linea Palmisano". Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  6. ^ Helal, Liala. "Voters bring more racial, ethnic diversity to Minneapolis City Council". The Cities. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  7. ^ Mullen, Mike. "Minneapolis City Council member makes, regrets joke about 'good-looking' mayor". City Pages. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  8. ^ "Council members Palmisano, Cano win DFL endorsement in often contentious process". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  9. ^ Andrew Hazzard / ahazzard@southwestjournal. com (2020-06-09). "What City Council members are talking about when they talk about defunding the Minneapolis Police Department". Southwest Journal. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  10. ^ "Minneapolis Council Member explains decision to not sign pledge to disband police department". FOX 9. 2020-06-09. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  11. ^ Navratil, Liz (January 10, 2022). "Andrea Jenkins elected Minneapolis council president in unprecedented move". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  12. ^ Fischer, Samantha. "Payne, Chughtai elected new leadership team at Minneapolis City Hall".
  13. ^ Minneapolis, City of (2024-01-08). "City Council organizes for new term". City of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2024-01-11.