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Phillina Lilly Steinbruckner

Outreach & Civic Engagement Specialist

Phillina Lilly Steinbruckner was born and raised in Minnesota. She graduated from Minnesota North Star Academy (currently Metro Deaf School). During this time, Lilly joined junior and seniors students traveling to Paris, where she learned about their food, culture, and people. It gave her a rich experience to understand diversity. Lilly attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Liberal Arts in Political Science andshe also completed Certified Massage Therapy from Aveda Institute of Minneapolis. 

Lilly volunteered for PrideAlive to packing safe sex package, DeafP@rk in studying Deaf MSM from the University of Minnesota, and Deaf Red Ribbon for the annual World Deaf AIDS Day. In college, she participated in Socialist Alternative and Join the Impact grassroots, including a march event for Stonewall to stand LGBTQ movement on Hennepin Ave (from Uptown to Loring Park). Lilly worked for Medical Transportation Management Customer Service Representative and retail sales associate for almost three years. She also enjoyed attending many Lobby Day events and advocating for the community. She did volunteer work to save the MN Substance Use Disorder Residential Treatment Program and scheduled meetings with legislators. Lilly has long been proactive and sent out a petition that received over 8K signed and resulted in many letters written to support the treatment program. The hospital decided to transition to a hearing program with some direct communication access.

"Advocacy and activism is the most fun part for me. I work hard to make sure Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing receive equal rights. I believe every DDBHH has the right to know what Minnesota’s Capitol is, everyone's house. The gift of hope that I believe in Minnesota DDBHH's rights to access information. I am honored to work for the Commission to provide support and diversity in my community. I believe in investing in advocacy and action."

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