Dec 2013 – Tracy Sides


March 2014:  Click here for an update on Tracy’s Urban Oasis Project!


December SHiFT Forum – Bravely Be: Wandering Toward Revelation


Tracy SidesTracy Sides spent two decades working in public health before branching out on her self-described “soul-infused path.” She left the standard institutional public health setting in favor of a more holistic vision of public health. She founded Bravely Be, a social enterprise serving the community.  Tracy was recently awarded the Saint Paul Foundation’s Forever Saint Paul Challenge for her idea to transform a vacant East Side warehouse into a thriving food center.

At the SHIFT forum on December 2, 2013  Tracy shared her story of transition, of serving her community, and her vision for the Urban Oasis idea.   She also provided practical strategies for developing the types of inner resources we need to honor and nurture transitions in our lives.

Learn More About Her Urban Oasis Project Here:

2015 Update:

SAINT PAUL, MN. (FEBRUARY 10, 2015)— Urban Oasis Executive Director Tracy Sides is the newest member of The Saint Paul – Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission.

The Saint Paul – Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission is a forum for public and private stakeholders to assess how local food systems are operating and suggest policies, share information and plan for increased access to safe, affordable, and nutritious foods. Tracy Sides will be joining the 14 member commission.

“I am pleased to serve the City of Saint Paul and our community. Fostering a healthy, resilient local food economy that’s accessible to the whole community is essential to our collective mission of making Saint Paul the most livable city in America,” says Tracy Sides, Urban Oasis founder and executive director.

Sides joins the Commission with more than 20 years of public health experience working in various sectors at local, state, national, and international levels. Sides earned a PhD and an MPH in public health and epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and a BS in biology from the University of Miami in Florida.

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About Tracy

Tracy Sides has always been a connector, an adventurer, and a student of life. As a child she explored her own edges through athletics, reading, and trips to her grandfather’s farm. As she became an adult, her explorations of body and mind expanded to bushwhacking in the rainforests of Costa Rica; bicycling across the US; attending silent meditation and yoga retreats; bungee jumping in New Zealand; and competing in such endurance events as the Minnesota Border-to-Border Triathlon, American Birkebeiner ski race; and the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike “Race Across the Sky.”

Commitments to personal, community, and environmental sustainability are at the core of her work. She believes that to build healthy landscapes around us, we must explore and cultivate healthy landscapes within us.

Email Tracy at:  tracy(at)

Submitted by Susan Krautbauer