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About Lisa bender:

Lisa Bender was elected to serve as the Ward 10 Minneapolis City Council Member on November 5, 2013. She has a Masters Degree in City Planning and over a decade of experience working to make cities more equitable and sustainable.

Prior to running for office, Lisa worked as a City Planner for the City of San Francisco, at the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. She also co-founded the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, an organization dedicated to making bicycling safer and more accessible for more people.

Lisa currently serves as chair of the City Council's Zoning and Planning Committee and is a member of the Transportation and Public Works Committee the Health, Environment and Community Engagement Committee and Ways and Means Committee.

On Racial Equity:

Councilmember Bender responded to both our survey and our request for an interview.


+ How has the city’s adoption of a racial equity framework impacted both policy-making and the internal practices of the city enterprise?

+ How have hiring practices changed to reflect a racial equity framework since January 2014?

+ How has the city engaged with its marginalized communities around important issues and decision-making?

+ What are you most proud of having accomplished since January 2014 to advance racial equity in Minneapolis?