Peggy Flanagan, 36, is a longtime advocate for Minnesota’s children and families, a DFLer and progressive activist, and a near-lifelong resident of St. Louis Park.
Peggy serves in the Minnesota House of Representatives to give back to the community that has given her so much. She moved to St. Louis Park as a baby with her single mother, because her mother rightly saw that this community offered her and her daughter a unique opportunity to get a great public education, to be part of a caring community, and to thrive. Peggy is proud to be a graduate of St. Louis Park Public Schools and the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in American Indian studies and child psychology.
The organizing principle of Peggy’s professional, political and personal life is giving back, particularly to children, families, communities of color, American Indians and low-income and working people. A noted community and political organizer, Peggy serves as the vice president of training services for The Management Center, a organization dedicated to helping leaders working for social change. She formerly served as the executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, a nonprofit child-advocacy organization working to level the playing field for all children in our region and state. While at CDF, Peggy co-chaired the Raise The Wage campaign, the successful fight to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade, working very closely with the campaign’s legislative champion, retiring Rep. Ryan Winkler.
Before joining Children’s Defense Fund, Peggy also worked for eight years at Wellstone Action, America’s leading progressive training and development organization, first as director and founder of the Native American Leadership Program, then as director of external affairs. As one of the original trainers of Wellstone Action’s signature program Camp Wellstone, she has trained tens of thousands of progressive activists, community and campaign organizers, future candidates, and progressive officeholders to make effective, sustainable, progressive change around the country.
Peggy has also served children, families, and the community on boards of directors of the Ain Dah Yung Center, Native American Community Development Institute, Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota, Harbor Theatre Group, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Young Elected Officials Network, and Sojourners.
A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Peggy lives in the Bronx Park neighborhood of St. Louis Park with her husband Tim Hellendrung, an actor and a manager with a local insurance company, 3-year-old daughter Siobhan, an aspiring actor, and far-too-energetic dog Reuben.