Summer 2022 Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our Summer 2022 Meeting!

Briefing Books & Presentations

The Briefing Book is our collection of the most timely and relevant resources on each Summer Meeting topic. Click on the below tabs to view and download each section’s book as well as the combined sessions’ presentations (note that the “Transformational Leadership” panel did not include slides).

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Transformational Leadership

Zoning for Diverse Housing Types

Operationalizing Equity

Anchor Collaboratives: Creating mutually beneficial relationships

Innovation Showcase

From our Summer Meeting host…

“After two years apart, we’re finally getting together again for the Summer Meeting, and I’m so honored to host you.  And for those of you who know me, that means good content and lots of fun.  

As mayors, we face similar challenges, and we have so much to learn from each other. The Mayors Innovation Project is a national learning network that allows us to do just that.

At the Summer Meeting, you will get the chance to connect with both peers and experts on the struggles we all face. Plus, we’ll show you up close the solutions that are working for us here, providing you with some new ideas and perspectives. In addition to great public policy, I’m also excited to show you my beautiful city. We’ll enjoy good food, nice weather, and check out some of Tacoma’s top sights together.”

– Mayor Victoria Woodards, Tacoma, WA

Meeting topics included: 

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Anchor Institutions
  • Missing Middle Housing
  • Operationalizing Equity
  • Innovation Showcase

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Aaron Westling, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project

Abe Rakov, Senior Advisor, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income

Abigail Lawson, GRIT- Tacoma

Alaina Knief, Outreach & Communications Director, Mayors Innovation Project

Alex Freedman, Acting Planning and Development Manager, City of Takoma Park

Alicia Lawver, Director of Strategic Planning, Tacoma Public Schools

Allan Ekberg, Mayor, Tukwila, WA

Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Cities United

Betsy Hodges, Senior Advisor, MIP

Brian Boudet, Planning Division Manager, City of Tacoma

Brian Surratt, President and CEO, Greater Seattle Partners

Bucoda Warren, Chief Policy Analyst to the Mayor, City of Tacoma

Cameron Burns, Deputy Director, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income

Cassie Franklin, Mayor, Everett, WA

Cathy Sims, Management Fellow, City of Tacoma

Chasity Wells-Armstrong, Former Mayor, Kankakee, IL

Christina Chelf, GIS Supervisor, City of Tacoma

Claire Goodwin, Council Assistant for Policy Development, City of Tacoma

Danielle, GRIT-Tacoma

Danny Fisher-Bruns, Facilitator, Tacoma Anchor Network

Debbie Sullivan, Mayor, Tumwater, WA

Diane Dolan, Government Affairs manager, City of Albuquerque

Doug Baxter-Jenkins, Community Integration Program Manager, City of Tacoma

Dr. Daniel Lee, Mayor, Culver City, CA

Edward Sundquist, Mayor, Jamestown, NY

Elizabeth Pauli, City Manager, City of Tacoma

Eric Griego Montoya, Associate Chief of Staff for Policy, City of Albuquerque

Farrah Khan, Mayor, Irvine, CA

Gavin Luter, Managing Director, COWS

Henry Honorof, Director, Welcoming Neighbors Network

Jason Gauthier, South Sound Housing Affordability Partners Manager, City of Tacoma

Jeff Gepper, Senior Planner, City of Eugene

Joel Rogers, Director, COWS

John Hamilton, Mayor, Bloomington, IN

Joseph Franco, Council Policy Assistant, City of Tacoma

Julie Nelson, Senior Vice- President of Programs (Founding Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity), Race Forward

Kate Colin, Mayor, San Rafael, CA

Kate Harrison, Vice Mayor, Berkeley, CA

Kate Jacobsen, GRIT-Tacoma

Kathrine Cagat, Research & Program Manager, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income

Katya Spear, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project

khalid kamau, Mayor, South Fulton, GA 

Laura Larson, Vice President Business Development, LAZ Parking Northwest/Seattle

Leirion Gaylor Baird, Mayor, Lincoln, NE

Libby Schaaf, Mayor, Oakland, CA

Lily Mei, Mayor, Fremont, CA

Lucas Ramirez, Mayor, Mountain View, CA

Lucy Vinis, Mayor, Eugene, OR

Lynese Cammack, Young Leader Fellow, Cities United

Mary Lou Pauly, Mayor, Issaquah, WA

Melisssa Krook, Assistant, Culver City, CA

Michael Tubbs, Founder/Special Advisor, End Poverty in California (EPIC) and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) / California Governor Gavin Newsom on Economic Mobility and Opportunity

Michael Schnall, Outreach and Engagement Senior Manager & 10 Minute Walk Program®, Trust for Public Land

Mike Kasperzak, Chair of Downtown Advisory Committee, City of Mountain View

Nancy Backus, Mayor, Auburn, WA

Nick Harper, Deputy Mayor, Everett, WA

Nicole Emery, Office Administrator, City of Tacoma

Nicole Bucich, VP Network Development, Amtrak

Nikylan Knapper, Mayor, Maplewood, MO

Pablo Aquiles-Sanchez, Research Analyst, Mayors Innovation Project

Paige Cognetti, Mayor, Scranton, PA

Paula Henry, Vice President of Transportation, LAZ Parking/Los Angeles

Rachel Askew, Associate of Young Leader Programming, Cities United

Rob Eaton, Sr. Director National State Relations, Amtrak

Ronald Frederick, Mayor, DuPont, WA

Rosa McLeod, Government Relations, City of Tacoma

Royce Williams, General Manager, LAZ Parking Northwest/Seattle

Sandra Eliason, GRIT-Tacoma

Sangeetha Rayapati, Mayor, Moline, IL

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor, Madison, WI

Sofia Aragon, Mayor, Burien, WA

T.J. McDowell, Administrative Aide to the Mayor, City of Lincoln 

T’wina Nobles, GRIT-Tacoma

Tanisha Jumper, Director, Media and Communications, City of Tacoma

Tim Corcoran, Director of Planning and Community Resources, City of South Bend

Victoria Woodards, Mayor, Tacoma, WA