Council appoints members to serve on new Equity Advisory Committee

The Metropolitan Council today appointed 21 people to serve on a new advisory board focused on advancing equity in the Twin Cities region.
The Council created the Equity Advisory Committee to provide guidance on Council decisions related to regional policies on transportation and transit, local planning, housing, environmental issues and more. In the most recent regional long-range development plan – Thrive MSP 2040 – equity is one of five key outcomes the Council is focused on for the region. Council members will look to this committee for input on how to best implement those equity commitments. 
“The leaders of our inaugural Equity Advisory Committee share a strong commitment to creating opportunities for all residents of our great region,” said Council Chair Adam Duininck. “Their input will be invaluable as we work to create solutions to our region’s largest and most pressing issues. I’m grateful for their service to our region in this critical role.”

The Committee members include four sitting Council members, eight individuals appointed to represent geographic districts, and nine members appointed at-large. Members were selected from more than 100 applicants and were chosen for their extensive community connections, their work advocating for people of color and traditionally under-represented constituencies, and work experience related to equity issues in public, private, and non-profit sectors. They are lawyers, small business owners, facilitators, community development professionals, and consultants, working in health care, education, and media fields. A selection committee of Council members and representatives from four community organizations interviewed all the candidates before recommending appointees.

Equity Advisory Committee Members

Sitting Council members:

  • Deb Barber, District 4

  • Steven Chavez, District 15

  • Jennifer Munt, District 3

  • Edward Reynoso, District 9

Geographic district representatives (4-year terms):

  • Elham Ashkar, District A, Brooklyn Park resident

  • Tie Oei, District B, Eden Prairie resident

  • Leslie Redmond, District C, Minneapolis resident

  • Ruthie Johnson, District D, Minneapolis resident

  • Shirley Cain, District E, Blaine resident

  • Metric Giles, District F, Maplewood resident

  • Leon Rodrigues, District G, St. Paul resident

  • Vayong Moua, District H, Eagan resident

At-large members (2-year terms):

  • Kadra Abdi, Minnetonka resident

  • Kimberly Carpenter, Brooklyn Park resident

  • Claudia Cody, Maplewood resident

  • Acooa Ellis, St. Paul resident

  • Ishmael Israel, Minneapolis resident

  • David Ketroser, Minneapolis resident

  • Sindy Morales Garcia, Coon Rapids resident

  • Nelima Sitati Munene, Brooklyn Park resident

  • Rebecca Stratton, Shakopee resident

The terms for Equity Advisory Committee members will be staggered. To achieve this, the at-large members will serve two years and be subject to reappointment in 2018. Beyond 2018, all terms will be four years in length. The committee will be co-chaired by a Council member and a community member, appointed by the Council chair.
A selection committee of Council members and representatives from four community organizations – the Blue Line Coalition, Community Engagement Steering Committee, Equity in Place, and Southwest LRT Equity Commitments – evaluated and interviewed the candidates.
“The Council owes a huge ‘thank you’ to our community partners for their rich contributions to this process,” Duininck said. “We couldn’t have done this without their insights.”

A regular meeting schedule and location will be established in the coming months.


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