August 17, 2020

Peter Leggett  

Saint Paul, MN - Today, Mayor Melvin Carter announced the appointment of Chief Equity Officer Toni Newborn to lead the City of Saint Paul’s Human Resources Department as outgoing department director Andrea Turner transitions to serve as Vice President of Human Resources and Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 

“Over the course of my administration, Andrea Turner’s leadership has been vital as we’ve navigated many workforce needs,” said Mayor Melvin Carter.  “We are grateful for her service to Saint Paul, and look forward to her continued impact on our community in her new role.”

“Toni Newborn has helped embed a lens of equity across every city department, and in how we serve our community,” said Mayor Melvin Carter. “Her new role will further expand this critical work as we continue moving forward together through these uncertain times.”

“It has been an honor to serve in Mayor Carter’s administration alongside the incredible workforce we have in the City of Saint Paul,” said outgoing Human Resources Director Andrea Turner. “Chief Equity Officer Toni Newborn’s career reflects a  longstanding commitment to making sure the values we hold dear in our community are reflected in our workforce.”

“Our city’s future will be shaped by our workforce, and the values all of us bring to serving our community,” said Chief Equity Officer Toni Newborn. “I look forward to continuing our city’s equity work as Chief Equity Officer & Human Resources Director for the City of Saint Paul.” 

Toni Newborn was appointed in January 2018 by Mayor Carter to serve as the City of Saint Paul’s first Chief Equity Officer. As Chief Equity Officer, Newborn has led the City’s equity work which has included implementing cultural shifts in city processes and policies, eliminating structural barriers to city services, resources, and supports, and leading department equity change teams. She also led the community hiring panel process for the appointment of Mayor Carter’s cabinet of department directors, having led and coordinated dozens of panels with community members. Newborn will continue leading the City’s equity work under the new title of Chief Equity Officer & Human Resources Director for the City of Saint Paul. She will transition to this role on Monday, August 24. 

Prior to being appointed Chief Equity Officer, she served as the City of Saint Paul’s Diversity and Consulting Services Manager. Before joining the City of Saint Paul, she served as the Assistant Director of Civil Rights for the Complaint Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights which enforces Minneapolis’ anti-discrimination laws and policies. 

Newborn’s educational background commenced in Birmingham, Alabama, her hometown, where she graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2003 with a B.A in Political Science. She also obtained a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota and became a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota in 2008. Newborn also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. 

Outgoing Human Resources Director Andrea Turner was appointed in February 2018 at the start of Mayor Carter’s administration. Prior to that she served as the Human Resources Director for the Minnesota Department of Administration and Minnesota Management and Budget. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. 

The Office of Human Resources provides comprehensive services and support to City of Saint Paul departments and offices and to its 3,000 employees.

These services include:

  • Coordinating City-wide recruitment and assessment
  • Conducting contract negotiations
  • Providing employee and organization development
  • Administering employee benefits, workers' compensation, employee compensation and job classification
  • Providing risk management administration
  • Promoting a diverse employee workforce

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Last Edited: August 17, 2020