Emily Rousseau, 4-year Council Candidate
The new generation of families in my community need representation on our city council. I have lived in Arden Hills for eight years and I understand the balance needed to care for our children, support our seniors, and plan for the future. I would like to serve all members of my community as an Arden Hills Councilmember.
I look forward to living in our community for many years to come and hope my children will have similar opportunities to stay in our community. However, our city’s current practices are not sustainable. Only through collaboration with community partners and neighboring cities, we will have a better return on our investments and be able to sustain what we value.
Goals for Arden Hills
To improve communications. I want to bridge the current gap in communications between community members and the current city council, with committees and the City Council, and with the City’s partners. I want to build processes and policies which improve transparency and encourage community engagement.
To be an inclusive community. It’s time to add youth positions to the committees so they can learn from experienced community members while providing them the opportunity to share what is impacting them. I would also like to develop an inclusion committee that can provide recommendations on zoning and develop a feedback loop with Ramsey County and the Ramsey County Sheriff about data and measuring the effectiveness of programs.
To continue moving forward with the development of Rice Creek Commons. Our community is excited to develop the 427 acres into a town center, more businesses, more opportunities for recreation, and additional housing.
I am a Data Privacy Manager at Terminix, a publicly traded corporation. I believe that private individuals should have the right for their personal information to be protected. In my role, I analyze state and federal privacy laws and develop enterprise policies and strategies to ensure the company meets legal requirements. I also value government openness. Previously, I was the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Compliance Officer for the Minnesota Data Practices Act. This entity had a $180 million operating budget, 2200 employees, and I was one of its 22 appointed staff. My MBA is from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
My husband Matt is a 13-year employee at Boston Scientific. My daughter Kaya graduated from MVHS in 2021 and my young daughter Jacquelyn is a devoted park and playground patron.