Council appoints residents to advisory committees

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

In February, the Metropolitan Council made appointments to three regional advisory groups: Equity Advisory Committee, Transportation Advisory Board, and Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee.

The council relies on these committees to help develop solutions to regional challenges and bring diverse perspectives to inform our policymaking and operations.

Equity Advisory Committee

Three people listening to a person speaking at a table.This committee advises the council in its work to advance equity in the metro region. It helps ensure that residents and communities are full partners in making the decisions that affect them. The goal is to create more equitable outcomes for the people who live and work here.

Eight of the appointees represent a geographic district; their terms run through January 2024:

  • James Ewer, Minneapolis

  • Tie` Oei , Eden Prairie (incumbent)

  • Nicholas Jenkins, Bloomington

  • Anita L. Urvina Davis, Minneapolis (incumbent)

  • Richard Paul, Blaine

  • Edward McDonald, Oakdale

  • Sara Rudolph, Saint Paul (incumbent)

  • Leah Goldstein Moses, Eagan (incumbent)

Two appointees will serve at large; their terms run until January 2022:
  • Desralynn Cole, Minneapolis

  • Michael Luseni, Plymouth

Transportation Advisory Board

This board is a key participant in the region’s transportation planning process. State, regional, and local officials, transportation providers, and community members come together to shape transportation planning and recommend projects for federal funding.

The board includes 34 members, more than half of whom are local elected officials. The council appoints the chair, residents who represent geographic districts, and members who represent a variety of transportation modes. Appointments:

  • Doug Anderson, Dayton

  • Frank Boyles, Prior Lake (incumbent)

  • Susan Sanger, St. Louis Park

  • Ashwat Narayanan, Minneapolis

  • Transit representatives:

    • Amity Foster, Minneapolis (incumbent)

    • Mathews Hollinshead, Saint Paul (incumbent)

  • Nonmotorized representative: Nickolas Fox, Apple Valley (incumbent)

Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee

This committee advises the council on management policies for public transportation services in the region from the perspective of riders with disabilities. The committee includes riders and advocates for older people and the disability community, as well as representatives of service providers and other appropriate agencies. Appointments:

  • Jeffrey Dains, Lauderdale (incumbent)

  • Darrell Paulsen, Maplewood (incumbent)

  • Kari Sheldon, Saint Paul (incumbent)

  • John Clark, Inver Grove Heights (incumbent)

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