Carol Leino Carey Named Macalester Distinguished Citizen
St. Paul, Minn. – Carol Leino Carey of St. Paul, Minn., has been named one of Macalester College’s 2007 Distinguished Citizens. Carey graduated from Macalester in 1982.
The Distinguished Citizen Citation recognizes alumni who have exercised leadership in civic, social, religious and professional activities. It is given because the Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees and the faculty of Macalester believe that a college education should be the training and inspiration for unselfish and effective service to the community, the nation and the world. Recipients demonstrate a practical acceptance of these obligations in their lives and work.
Carey has pioneered preservation-based community economic development work in St. Paul for the past 20 years. In 1992, she received an individual Leadership in Neighborhoods grant to explore historic preservation as a community development tool. During her term as executive director of the Upper Swede Hollow Neighborhoods Association, she worked with others to rehabilitate the Stutzman Building, now home to the Swede Hollow Café, office space and affordable rental housing, with adjacent green space and a community garden.
Carey now serves as executive director of the Historic Saint Paul Corporation, a citywide preservation organization that strengthens St. Paul neighborhoods by celebrating their history and providing financial and technical assistance to property owners working to preserve the residential and commercial assets of the neighborhood.
One of Carey’s most celebrated accomplishments was her 10-year leadership, primarily volunteer, in turning a former St. Paul rail yard into the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. She and others forged an alliance of some 25 groups, from the local Friends of Swede Hollow and East Side Conservation Corp to the National Park Service, devoted to cleaning up and replanting what had once been a vibrant floodplain and a site sacred to the Dakota people. In 2005, the sanctuary was awarded the Take Pride in America Award by the U.S. Department of the Interior as an extraordinary public-private partnership.
Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,884 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.