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Jessica Kingston named new St. Paul Human Rights director

Jessica Kingston chairs the Edina Human Rights Commission.

Jessica Kingston, who has been chair of the Edina Human Rights Commission, is St. Paul’s new director of St. Paul’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity. (They call it HREEO, pronounced “Hero.”)

Mayor Chris Coleman made the announcement today, saying in a statement:

“Jessi has an impressive track record of leadership in human rights and remarkable experience in procurement, both qualities that will be of tremendous value to the city and to HREEO in her new role.”

Kingston is now working as associate director of purchasing for the Digital River Corp. She has been on the Edina Human Rights Commission since 2009, the last two years as chair.

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She’ll start the city j0b Oct. 2. The salary is $121,000 per year.

She replaces Luz Frias, who left the city job in April to be vice president of Community Philanthropy at the Minneapolis Foundation.

Kingston has a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a master’s degree from Metropolitan State University.