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Board member, First elected in: 2009


Luz María Frías is the president and CEO of YWCA Minneapolis. There, she is responsible for leading the strategy and operations of the organization’s five areas of commitment to the community: Health and Wellness, Early Childhood Education, Girls and Youth, Racial Justice and Public Policy.

Frías is a noted public policy strategist and thought leader on race equity. Most recently, she served as the vice president of community impact at The Minneapolis Foundation.

She also served as Mayor Chris Coleman’s external affairs director before she was appointed to serve as the inaugural director of the Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity department. She redesigned the city’s procurement system resulting in record growth for minority-owned businesses.

Prior positions also include Family Court Magistrate for the State of Minnesota, Hearing Examiner for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Legal Officer of Centro Legal, and public policy work for the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Frías has designed numerous nationally award-winning initiatives, is an experienced mediator, and a frequent lecturer on the issue of Implicit Bias.

She holds Master’s and Juris Doctor Degrees from the University of Iowa. She is actively involved in the Minnesota Women Lawyers Association, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and the Infinity Project. She can be heard regularly on Counter Stories, a Minnesota Public Radio Podcast that is designed to discuss current issues in our community through a lens that belongs to communities of color.

  • B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • J.D., University of Iowa

Luz María is a native Chicagoan who relocated to Minnesota after law school. She is married and has two adult daughters. Her interests are cycling, weight training, and living a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys salsa dancing and traveling with her family.