Lisa Bender was first elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, when she was unanimously supported by her colleagues to serve as President of the City Council. Prior to taking office, Lisa earned a Master's Degree in City Planning from UC Berkeley and had over a decade of experience in shaping transportation and land use choices to make cities more equitable and sustainable. In her first term, Lisa’s leadership helped pass the midwest’s first $15 local minimum wage, invest in community-led approaches to violence prevention and community safety, and pass a $400 million investment in Complete Streets that are safe for all users. This term, Lisa is prioritizing adopting a Comprehensive Plan focused in race equity and environmental justice, implementing the city’s Complete Streets and Vision Zero commitments and creating more protections for renters facing housing instability. Lisa is mom to two young children and is a champion for getting more change-makers, women and people of color into elected office.
Presenter Agency Affiliation
Minneapolis City Council