Council members & districts

Steven T. Chávez

Metropolitan Council Member, District 15

Steven T. Chávez was appointed to the Metropolitan Council by Gov. Mark Dayton in March 2011 and reappointed in 2015. CM Chávez lives in Eagan, and represents District 15, which includes Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, and Rosemount.

Chávez is a consulting attorney with a high profile, and a broad, multi-national legal practice serving Fortune 500 and mid-cap corporate clients in diverse industries which are headquartered in the region. He also serves as the managing director of Public Advocacy for Integrated Governance Solutions, an Eden Prairie firm providing corporate goverance and risk management advice to boards of directors and senior management teams. Prior to his current position, CM Chávez worked as the senior director of ethics and compliance for MoneyGram International in Minneapolis, and as a corporate attorney with several large companies.

As a Council member, he chairs the Litigation Review special committee and the Management Committee, and serves as a member of the Community Development, and Equity Advisory Committees.

“The stewardship of sustainable growth, particularly with such a challenged regional economy, is a significant challenge for the Metropolitan Council,” CM Chávez said. “Not all segments of the region’s economy are thriving, which impairs the overall performance. We need our regional economy to thrive, which will enable development and implementation of viable solutions to connect housing with employment, via cost-effective transportation modes.”  

In recent years, CM Chávez served on the Dakota County Planning Commission, including three years as chair; chair of the Eagan Planning Commission; and member of the Eagan Technology Task Force. He has also served on several Council-related committees and task forces, including the Housing, Health, and Aging Task Force; the Housing and Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee; the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Re-Use Task Force; the Minority Issues Advisory Committee; and the Livable Communities Act Demonstration Account Advisory Committee.

CM Chávez earned a bachelor of arts degree in government from St. John’s University in Collegeville, and a juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He lives with his wife, Cathy, in Eagan.

To contact CM Chávez, you may call 612.670.8952, or e-mail