Tina Sweet-T PihlBoard of Aldermen (Ward 17), St. Louis, MO
Tina Pihl, who goes by Sweet-T, is an urban planner, activist, community leader, and social entrepreneur. She has an indomitable spirit and an unparalleled drive that has allowed her to be an extraordinary achiever – from working on one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the U.S., to being a pioneer co-founding the Habitat Bicycle Challenge that raised roughly $2.4 million for Habitat for Humanity–New Haven, to competing in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in women’s freestyle wrestling. Tina “Sweet-T” graduated from M.I.T, M.A. City Planning and Yale University, B.A. Architecture; and has over 15 years of experience in the field of housing, and community and economic development. As an adoptee with white parents, she has lived a unique constellation of experiences that have made her a trailblazer, connector and community builder who is passionate about creating a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. She is currently writing a book about the intersection between belonging, identity and race from her experience growing up and her work as a planner in St. Louis, Boston, Denver, Washington, D.C. and Appalachia.