Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges announced the formation of her Transition Advisory Committee today — a 27-member group that will provide guidance on her first term.
The committee will be chaired by progressive activist Laura Waterman Wittstock, a KFAI Radio host, author and president and CEO of Wittstock & Associates. Kristin Beckmann and Jeff Blodgett will serve as volunteer transition co-coordinators.
“I am grateful to these outstanding community leaders for their willingness to advise me as I prepare for my first term as the Mayor of Minneapolis,” Hodges said. “Thanks to their sharing of ideas and energy, the beginning of our effort to shape One Minneapolis will incorporate the hopes and dreams of people in every corner of our city.”
The committee will help Hodges get ready for the first 10 days of her term and make recommendations for the swearing in and inaugural festivities. Hodges' transition team will also organize a tour through the city's neighborhoods.
“I want to connect with people all over this city and celebrate what makes this a great place to live,” Hodges said. “The tour is a chance for people to showcase their individual communities, but also raise up the commonalities that make us One Minneapolis.”
The committee will also advise Hodges' on her agenda for her first term. Her top priority is her education plan, which include her Cradle-to-K initiative and ideas for students in grades K-12. "I will call together people who are ready and willing to challenge ourselves to end our achievement gap and ensure all our children succeed," Hodges said.
Mayor-elect Hodges’ 2013 Transition Advisory Committee
(Chair) Laura Waterman Wittstock – President and CEO, Wittstock & Associates, Author
Alfred Babington-Johnson – President and CEO, Stairstep Initiative Companies
Anthony Newby – Executive Director, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
Bill McCarthy – President, Minneapolis Regional Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Daniel Yang – Director of Organizing and Community Building, Native American Community Development Institute
David A. Wilson – Managing Director, Accenture Minneapolis
Frank Brown – Co-Chair, DFL African American Caucus
Greg Hestness – Assistant Vice President of Public Safety and Chief of Police, University of Minnesota
John Griffith – Executive Vice President of Property Development, Target Corporation
Julie Ristau – Co-Director, On the Commons & Co-Chair, Homegrown Minneapolis
Ken Rogers – Chair, Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People Living with Disabilities
Kyle Makarios – Director of Government Affairs, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
Larry Redmond – Principal, Redmond Associates, Inc.
Majdi Wadi – CEO, Holy Land
Margot Imdieke Cross – Accessibility Specialist, Minnesota State Council on Disability
Megan O’Hara – Youth Outdoor Employment Director, Wilderness Inquiry; Senior Fellow Endowed Chair, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
Michelle Dibblee – Organizing Director, OutFront Minnesota
Olga Viso – Director, Walker Art Center
Peter Bell – Former Chair, Metropolitan Council, Retired
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz – Senior Rabbi, Shir Tikvah
Sarah Harris – Managing Director, University of Minnesota Foundation Real Estate Advisors
Shay Berkowitz – Owner, ReGo Electric
Sheik Abdirahman Sharif – Imam, Masjid Dar Al-Hijrah
Shirley Nelson – Executive Director, Women Candidate Development Coalition
Sondra Samuels – President and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone
The Reverend Michele Morgan – Priest Associate, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Veronica Mendez – Organizer, CTUL