Lindsey Port, co-founder & executive director
Lindsey Port is a volunteer turned activist turned candidate, and has worked to bring progressive politics to suburban Minnesota. She entered politics with Minnesotans United for All Families in 2012, and went on to work on the campaigns to legalize same-sex marriage in 2013, and to re-elect her state representative in 2014. When her state representative's seat opened up in 2016, Lindsey decided to run. Even in the face of over a million dollars in outside spending, she still came within 5 points of her opponent by knocking on more doors than any other candidate in the state. Since co-founding Blueprint, Lindsey has served as the Field Director for Congressman Dean Phillips’s 2018 campaign, and as Deputy Field Director for Erin Murphy’s 2018 gubernatorial race.
Lindsey knows first hand how difficult it is to run for office, and also knows how deeply we need new voices at the table. Her focus is on teaching leaders how to raise money, how to build a strong, community-centered base, and how to go about creating robust, values-based voter engagement programs. She lives in Burnsville, MN, with her husband Steve, and their daughters Evelyn and Charlotte.
Meredith Stacey, co-founder & Director of programs
Meredith Stacey has dedicated the last eight years to helping further the progressive infrastructure in Minnesota. She has worked on candidate and issue campaigns of all shapes and sizes, including both iterations of Minnesotans United for All Families, which legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota, and Senator Al Franken’s 2014 successful re-election campaign. Meredith’s specialty is in training development and facilitation, and in providing hands-on professional development support to campaign staff volunteer leaders. She believes that our work is strongest when we are working in collaboration with one another, and seeks to support people in learning how to build community-focused, volunteer-driven campaigns.
Before Blueprint, Meredith served as the Training Director for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s 2016 Coordinated Campaign and as a Project Lead for Grassroots Solutions, a national consulting firm based in Minneapolis. She lives in Fridley with her husband Aaron, their daughter Hazel, and their cranky English Bulldog, Jan.