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Sharon Sayles Belton

Sharon Sayles Belton, American publishing executive, former mayor. Achievements include being the first African American and woman to be elected mayor of Minneapolis, 1993. Recipient Gertrude E. Rush Distinguished Service award, National Bar Association, Rosa Parks award, American Association Affirmative Action.

Background

  • Belton, Sharon Sayles was born on May 13, 1951 in St. Paul.

  • Education

    • Student, Macalester College, 1973. Doctorate (honorary), Walden University.

    Career

    • Assistant director Minnesota Program for Victims of Sexual Assault. Parole officer Minnesota Department Corrections. Councilman Minneapolis City Council, 1983-1993, president, 1989-1993.

      Mayor City of Minneapolis, 1994—2001. Senior fellow Roy Wilkins Center Human Relations and Social Justice University Minnesota, since 2001. Director community relations & corporate philanthropy General Motors Acceptance Corporation Financial Services.

      V.p community relations & government affairs Thomson Reuters, Eagan, Minnesota, since 2010.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include being the first African American and woman to be elected mayor of Minneapolis, 1993.

    Membership

    President, co- founder National Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Co-founder, president Harriet Tubman Shelter for Battered Women. Trustee United States Conference of Mayors, chair Youth Violence Task Forum.

    Board directors Bush Foundation, Search Institute, Youth Coordinating Board, Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Clean Water Partnership, Children's Healthcare and Hospital, Bush Foundation, United States Conference Mayors, National League Cities.

    Connections

    • Daughter of Bill & Marian Belton. Married Steve Belton, August 29, 1981. 3 children.
    • father: Bill Belton
    • spouse: Steve Belton
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    Born March 13, 1951
    (age 66)
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