Office of Neighborhood Safety Leadership
Brooke Blakey, Director
Brooke Blakey, director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety, joined the City of Saint Paul from Metro Transit, where she has served as Chief of Staff to Metro Transit Chief of Police. In this role, she oversaw operations, investigations, administration and community outreach and engagement, along with ushering forward the development of the Metro Transit Police Department’s Homeless Action Team (HAT).
Prior to joining Metro Transit, she served in the Ramsey County Public Defender's Office and the Minnesota State Fair Police Department, holding an array of positions, including the department’s Public Information Officer.
Blakey has an undergraduate degree in child psychology and criminology from the University of Minnesota, a post bachelor's degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science in forensic science with an emphasis on criminal investigation from National University.
She is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command #484 and has earned advanced certifications from the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), and Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (MN BCA).
Rachel Holzemer, Deputy Director
Rachel Holzemer, deputy director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety, started working at the City of Saint Paul in 2019 as an innovation consultant in the Mayor’s Office. In this role, she served the City enterprise to develop new programs, facilitate strategic planning, and lead innovation and continuous improvement projects. She has led citywide efforts including the Returning Home Saint Paul pilot program, the Saint Paul Bridge Fund during the pandemic, co-led the Community First Public Safety workgroup, and supported the implementation of the Office of Neighborhood Safety.
Prior to joining the City of Saint Paul, Holzemer worked at Hennepin County serving in management, supervisory, and frontline roles in the Center of Innovation and Excellence and Human Services. She brings with her a diverse experience and understanding of community-centered, collaborative facilitation methods and working in complex systems. Holzemer continues to use her expertise to push the boundaries of government systems to meet the needs of residents and believes that by centering and collaborating with residents, we can solve our community’s greatest challenges together.
Holzemer is a proud alumnus of the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Leadership and Management at Concordia University.
Lynnaia Jacobsen, Neighborhood Safety Community Council Manager
Lynnaia Jacobsen is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota where she grew up in the Frogtown-Midway neighborhood and is alumni of Saint Paul Central High School. Jacobsen comes to us with an extensive background in public safety administration serving as a 911 Emergency Dispatcher for both Washington and Dakota Counties, Chief’s Executive Assistant with Metro Transit Police Department, and Executive Aide to the Commissioner with Department of Public Safety. In her positions she participated in strategic planning, organizational structure, learning policy and inclusiveness, community conversations and engagement.
During her full-time employment Jacobsen served the Union Gospel Mission Board of Directors where she assisted as the keeper of board minutes. Here she learned extensively about Board operations, nonprofits; strengthening her knowledge in budget/funding, philanthropy, the unsheltered epidemic and what it means to be a humanitarian.
Today, Jacobsen is a Metro State graduate with BS degree that focuses on ethics and equal opportunity in politics and criminal justice. Her passion remains in public safety as she continues to pursue opportunities that will allow her to assist in creating healthy and safe spaces. This includes enforcing ethics within communities, our State Government and Law Enforcement, influencing their practices, policies and personnel orders. She aspires to make sure community are not just people we serve, but they are part of our governmental structure serving as actual participants and awarded equal opportunities in the positions they hold.
Faith Lofton, Program Manager
Faith Lofton is a Saint Paul, Minnesota native, born and raised in the historic Rondo Neighborhood. Lofton is a proud Alumni of Saint Paul Central High School, Saint Paul College and attended Metropolitan State University. She is passionate about community and the impact we all can have, which has led her to the current position with the City of Saint Paul.
Lofton has been in the field of community service, holding various leadership roles since 2009. Prior to joining us, she served as Program Director and Interim CEO at Ujamaa Place. In addition to directing and coordinating daily operations to increase efficiency, Lofton also coordinated all culturally specific programs with the goal of closing the gap of social welfare for formally incarcerated African American males in MN. Lofton was a key contributor in launching the Returning Home Saint Paul (RHSP) pilot program in collaboration with the City of Saint Paul.
The first 10 years of her career were spent serving the community through People Incorporated Mental Health Services. During her tenure, Lofton provided leadership and supervision to clients and staff in the delivery of mental health services in the Homeless Services and Customized Living divisions. Lofton continues to use her expertise to help build and expand programs to promote equity and better serve the community.