The Citizens League in Minneapolis recently honored Sharon Sayles Belton for her leadership and long-standing commitment to public service.

Sayles Belton is the Government Partnerships & Alliances Lead for Thomson Reuters, and in her role she draws from decades of leadership in civic engagement.

She was the first woman and first person of color elected as mayor of Minneapolis, serving from 1994 to 2001. Prior to becoming mayor, she served on the Minneapolis City Council for 10 years.

Also, she co-founded the Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter in 1976, which was the third domestic violence shelter in the country. Another of her many accomplishments was helping to establish the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Her recognition came during the Citizens League’s annual Civic Celebration on Oct. 10.

A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Citizens League works to empower people to engage in civic life and public policy. Their annual event brings together people from diverse backgrounds, political parties and ideologies to recognize civic leadership in Minnesota.

This year’s celebration also honored former U.S. Senator David Durenberger. Watch a video highlighting the honorees and their work.

“Advocating for a shared agenda that advances the common good is at the heart of my service to the public,” said Sayles Belton. “We get the best public policy outcomes when we are inclusive, respectful and open to listening to perspectives of everyone.”

Several Thomson Reuters colleagues joined Sayles Belton to celebrate and to congratulate her for being honored for a lifelong dedication to public service.

[Pictured left to right: Donna Gies, Ismael Hassan, Tim Radaich, Michele Engdahl, Keyla Duran, Sharon Sayles Belton, Charles Bradley, Marisa Marek and Erica Kairis.]