DBE & Workforce Advisory Committee

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise & Workforce Advisory Committee serves to collaboratively advise the Metropolitan Council that oversees construction contractors’ efforts towards compliance with DBE Small Business and Workforce participation requirements during construction.

Committee Charter (PDF)

Upcoming DBE & Workforce Advisory Committee Meeting -


Southwest LRT DBE and Workforce Advisory Committee
Thursday, June 17, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 The meeting will be live streamed and recorded. We encourge you to view the meeting remotely.


DBE & Workforce Advisory Committee Members
Name Representing
Ashanti Payne (Co-Chair) Met Council Office of Equal Opportunity
Salima Khakoo (Co-Chair) MN Department of Human Rights
Barry Davies Minneapolis Building & Construction Trades Council
Gilbert Odonkor Hennepin County Purchasing and Contracts
Barb Lau Association of Women Contractors
Marvin Smith National Association on Minority Contractors
Shelia Olson Goodwill Easter Seals
Julie Brekke HIRED
Tony O'Brien Summit OIC
Nancy Nichols MEDA
Mellanie Williams Twin Cities R!se
Leslie Woyee City of MPLS.-Contract Compliance
Mel Reeves Hire MN
John O'Phelan Ramsey County Solutions
Mary Schmidt Minnesota Department of Transportation

Meeting agendas and minutes

Note: Minutes are not final until approved at the following meeting.
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Meeting Date Agenda & Video Minutes Presentations
6/17/2021 Agenda  
5/20/2021 Agenda & Video  
4/15/2021 Agenda & Video Minutes
3/18/2021 Agenda & Video Minutes
2/18/2021 Agenda & Video Minutes
1/21/2021 Agenda & Video Minutes
12/17/2020 Agenda Minutes
11/19/2020 Agenda Minutes
10/15/2020 Agenda Minutes
9/17/2020 Agenda Minutes