Press Release

The Collective PAC Endorses Alicia D. Smith for Parks Commissioner in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, The Collective PAC — the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation and power across all levels of government — endorsed Alicia D. Smith for Parks Commissioner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Mrs. Alicia D. Smith knows firsthand how important neighborhood parks are to families and a community’s success. As a mother of two boys and the daughter of a single mother, the programs offered by the city’s parks and recreation department have been an integral part of Mrs. Smith’s life; inspiring her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. 

Mrs. Smith currently serves as the executive director of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization which started over 40 years ago as a neighborhood effort to establish Corcoran Park on the site of a closed school.

Founders of The Collective PAC, Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, released the following statement: 

The Collective PAC is excited to endorse Alicia D. Smith for Parks Commissioner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mrs. Smith has spent the majority of her career working to address the issues of youth mentorship, food justice and fighting for equality of all people. She believes that Minneapolis residents deserve better and fairer recreational options and better neighborhood parks, and has a plan to address both of those issues if elected. As a non-partisan advocate for the community on civic affairs, Mrs. Smith plans to work in partnership with the community to ensure that the city’s parks and recreation policy solutions work for everyone.”



The Collective PAC is working to create an America where Black people are equally represented at every level of government. The Collective PAC is strategically focused on creating a truly equitable democracy where our nation’s local, state and federal governments have diverse and talented elected leadership and Black people are fully represented in positions of power to create the policies necessary to progress our communities forward.