Winter 2019 Policy Meeting

Winter 2019 Policy Meeting
Friday, January 25, 2019 – Saturday, January 26, 2019
Washington, DC

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Presentations and Briefing Book


Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge, Meharry Medical College

Joneigh Khaldun, Detroit, MI

LaQuandra Nesbitt, Washington DC

Luke Bronin, Mayor, Hartford, CT


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Here are the Cities Standing Up for Women’s Health, Alastair Boone, CityLab, October 20th, 2017. Read more.

Local Reproductive Freedom Index, National Institute for Reproductive Health, January 2nd, 2017. Read more.

Advancing Reproductive Freedom in Your City: A Toolkit for Local Policymakers, National Institute for Reproductive Health, October 1st, 2018. Read more.

What Cities Can Do to Protect Residents from Deception, Expand Access to Reproductive Healthcare, National Institute for Reproductive Health, November 1st, 2018. Read more.

The Well-Woman, CityMatCH , CityLights, May 1st, 2017. Read more.

The Well-Woman Project Themes and Reccomendations, University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health and City-MatCH, May 1st, 2017. Read more.

Working Women Need Paid Sick Days, National Partnership for Women & Families, April 1st, 2013. Read more.

The Black Maternal Mortality Rate in the US is an International Crisis, Dr. Joia Crear Perry, The Root, September 30th, 2016. Read more.

Advancing the Human Right to Safe and Respectful Maternal Health Care, Black Mamas Matter Alliance and Center for Reproductive Rights, June 16th, 2016. Read more.

De Blasio Administration Launches Plan to Reduce Maternal Death, Life-Threatening Complications, New York City, July 20th, 2016. Read more.

City advocates, gently, for use of IUD, Addy Baird, Politico, March 21st, 2016. Read more.

SisterFriends Detroit is Creating a Support Network for Pregnant Women and Their Families, The Detroit Health Department, Black Life, Arts & Culture, July 2nd, 2018. Read more.

iDecide Detroit Improves Access to Reproductive Healthcare for Teens, Detroit Health Department, Black Life, Arts & Culture, July 2nd, 2018. Read more.

How to solve D.C.‘s maternal health crisis? A health advocacy group proposes some ideas, Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post, September 12th, 2018. Read more.

DC Health Strategy to Improve Perinatal Health Outcomes, Washington, DC, January 1st, 2018. Read more.

Perinatal Health: Improving Perinatal Outcomes, Washington, DC, January 9th, 2019. Read more.

Hartford Moves Forward With Restrictions on Faith-Based Pregnancy Centers, Jenna Carlesso, The Hartford Courant, September 19th, 2018. Read more.

Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordinance Rule, City of Hartford, CT, October 1st, 2018. Read more.

Two years after opening new facility, Sojourner Family Peace Center keeps growing, Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 10th, 2017. Read more.

One Small City in New York is Finding Innovative Ways to Combat Domestic Abuse, Natalie Pattillo, Pacific Standard, May 4th, 2018. Read more.

In Columbus, Expectant Moms Will Get On-Demand Rides to the Doctor, Laura Bliss, CityLab, December 27th, 2018. Read more.


Laura Jay, C40 Cities

Jessica Finn Coven, Seattle, WA

Libby Schaaf, Mayor, Oakland, CA

Jacob Frey, Mayor, Minneapolis, MN


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Vehicles are now America’s biggest CO2 sources but EPA is tearing up regulations, Oliver Milman, The Guardian, January 1st, 2018. Read more.

C40 Cities work together to invest in clean buses, C40 Cities, May 11th, 2017. Read more.

Our Commitment to Green and Healthy Streets, C40 Cities, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy , January 11th, 2019. Read more.

Spotlight on the C40 Transportation Initiative Opportunity & Action in C40 Cities, C40 Cities, August 14th, 2013. Read more.

How states and municipalities can encourage autonomous vehicles to be shared and electric, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, September 3rd, 2018. Read more.

Investing in Charging Infrastructure for Plug-In Electric Vehicles, Lia Cattaneo, Center for American Progress, July 30th, 2018. Read more.

Cities, obsessed with electric cars, overlook simple solutions at climate summit, Alissa Walker, Curbed, September 18th, 2018. Read more.

Bus Rapid Transit, C40 Cities, February 1st, 2016. Read more.

Transit and Climate Adaptation=Transit and Equity, Diane Jones Allen, Meeting of the Minds, December 4th, 2018. Read more.

Finding Climate Justice in the Fight for Transit Equity, Johnathon Ostar, Climate Solutions, February 25th, 2015. Read more.

Implementing Accessible Low Carbon Transit, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Urban Sustainability Innovation Report, January 1st, 2018. Read more.

Safe streets are the best tool we have to combat climate change, Alissa Walker, October 10th, 2018. Read more. Curbed.

New Mobility Playbook, Department of Transportation, City of Seattle, WA, September 1st, 2017. Read more.

How Seattle Bucked a National Trend and Got More People to Ride the Bus, Andrew Small, CityLab, October 16th, 2017. Read more.

Minneapolis Climate Action Plan: A Roadmap to Reducing Citywide Greenhouse Gas Emissions, City of Minneapolis, MN, June 28th, 2013. Read more.

Green Fleet Policy, City of Minneapolis, MN, December 2nd, 2010. Read more.

Energy and Climate Action Plan, City of Oakland, CA, March 1st, 2018. Read more.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Requirements for New Multi-Family and Nonresidential Buildings, City of Oakland, CA, April 25th, 2017. Read more.

Sustainable Oakland Report, City of Oakland, CA, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

City Releases CONNECT, Philadelphia’s Strategic Transportation Plan, City of Philadelphia, PA, October 10th, 2018. Read more.


Shari Davis, Participatory Budget Project

Jon Robinson, West Sacramento, CA

Sherman Lea, Sr, Mayor, Roanoke, VA

Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor, Jackson, MS


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The First Steps to Meaningful Community Engagement, Neeraj Mehta, Next City, October 31st, 2012. Read more.

The Ladder of Citizen Participation in the Digital Era, Wietse Van Ransbeeck, Citizen Lab, July 27th, 2016. Read more.

Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement Guide, Seattle Office for Civil Rights,City of Seattle, WA, April 2nd, 2009. Read more.

Participatory Budgeting: Next Generation Democracy, Participatory Budgeting Project, August 1st, 2016. Read more.

Building Better Cities with Civic Technology, Kate Gasparro, Data-Smart City Solutions, November 8th, 2018. Read more.

Public Engagement: The Future in 2 Data Points, Travis Parker, StrongTowns, July 3rd, 2018. Read more.

Two Cities Test Tinder-Like App to Encourage Citizen Engagement, Caroline Cournoyer, Government Technology, March 13th, 2017. Read more.

How Roanoke Rocks Civic Engagement, Ron Littlefield, Governing, May 8th, 2017. Read more.

Getting Compton’s young men to trade gang life for working life, Aja Brown, CNN Business, June 14th, 2016. Read more.

Will the People Have a Say in 2018 Budget?, Ko Bragg, Jackson Free Press, April 18th, 2018. Read more.

How Communities Can Thrive in a Post-Newspaper World, Otis White, Governing, August 29th, 2018. Read more.

Making Sure all of Detroit Has a Voice on Sustainability, Emily Nonko, Next City, December 19th, 2018. Read more.


Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Thomas Hoye, Jr, Mayor, Taunton, MA

Vi Lyles, Mayor, Charlotte, NC


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8 Policy Strategies Cities Can Use to Support Local Businesses, Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, August 28th, 2017. Read more.

Affordable Space: How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, Olivia LaVecchia and Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, April 4th, 2016. Read more.

How Charlotte, NC is Expanding Opportunities for Minority Businesses, Governing, October 9th, 2018. Read more.

With an NBA Assist, All-Star Host City Aims to Help Minority-Owned Businesses, J. Brian Charles, Governing, July 12th, 2018. Read more.

Downtown Taunton Rent Rebate Program, City of Taunton, MA. Read more.

Three New Businesses Open in Downtown; All Utilize Mayor’s Rent Rebate Program, City of Taunton, MA, September 26th, 2016. Read more.

Cities Developing Worker Co-ops: Efforts in Ten Cities, Michelle Camou, Imagined Economy Project, August 8th, 2016. Read more.

Rochester Mayor: Investing in Co-ops Builds ‘Stairway out of Poverty’, Oscar Perry Abello, Next CityRead more.

City of Minneapolis Partners with Nonprofits to Provide Culturally Diverse Business Assistance, City of Minneapolis, MN, December 12th, 2014. Read more.

Target Market Program, City of Minneapolis, MN, January 8th, 2019. Read more.

Small Business Plan, City of Boston, March 1st, 2016. Read more.

Boston Offers Critical Lending to Minority-Owned Small Businesses, Oscar Perry Abello, Next City, March 9th, 2017. Read more.

Settle Commercial Affordability Advisory Committee Reccomendations, City of Seattle, WA, January 11th, 2019. Read more.


Catherine Adduci, Village President, Village of River Forest, IL
Jennifer Arguinzoni, Director of External Affairs, City of Portland, OR
Brian M. Arrigo, Mayor, City of Revere, MA
Brian Arrigo, Mayor, City of Revere
Loreal Arscott, Director of Civic Engagement, City of Miami Gardens, FL
William J. Bates, FAIA, AIA President, American Institute of Architects
Ethan  Berkowitz, Mayor , Municipality of Anchorage, AK
Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Matthew Braunginn, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project
Luke Bronin, Mayor, City of Hartford, CT
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, City of South Bend, IN
Rafael Carbonell, Executive Director, Taubman Center for State & Local Government, Harvard Kennedy School
Mary Catherine  Carmichael, Director of Public Engagement, City of Bloomington, IN
Bill  Carpenter, Mayor, City of Brockton, MA
Elizabeth Carr-Hurst, Mayor, City of Fairburn, GA
Carl Castillo, Policy Advisor, City of Boulder, CO
Chris Clark, Councilmember, City of Mountain View, CA
Catherine  Crosby, Chief of Staff, City of Toledo, OH
Shari  Davis, Co-Executive Director, Participatory Budgeting Project
Jan Devereux, Vice Mayor, City of Cambridge, MA
Jenny Dodson Mistry, Senior Manager of Special Initiatives, National Institute for Reproductive Health
Denny Doyle, Mayor, City of Beaverton, OR
Tarsi Dunlop, Policy and Program Manager, Local Progress
Elizabeth Edwards, Director, Office of Government Relations, City of Portland, OR
Jessica Finn Coven, Director, Office of Sustainability and Environment, City of Seattle, WA
Jacob Frey, Mayor, City of Minneapolis, MN
Suzanna Fritzberg, Deputy Chief of Staff – Policy Director, City of South Bend, IN
Ruthanne  Fuller, Mayor, City of Newton, MA
Heidi Gerbracht, Bright Cities National Program Director, Healthy Babies Bright Futures
Nicholas  Giaquinto, Chief of Staff, City of Brockton, MA
Jennifer Godzeno, Deputy Director, Participatory Budgeting Project
Leslie Hager-Smith, Mayor, Town of Blacksburg, VA
Pegeen Hanrahan, Southeast Conservation Finance Director, The Trust for Public Land
Jamie Harkins, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Lafayette, CO
Daniel Harsha, Communications and Government Relations Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Al Heggins, Mayor, City of Salisbury, NC
Betsy Hodges, Former Mayor, City of Minneapolis, MN
Deana Holiday Ingraham, Mayor, City of East Point, GA
Bobby Hopewell, Mayor, City of Kalamazoo, MI
Thomas Hoye, Mayor, City of Taunton, Ma
Laura Jay, Deputy Regional Director for North America, C40 Cities
Ceri Jenkins, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project
Suzanne Jones, Mayor, City of Boulder, CO
Mike Kasperzak, Former Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
Joneigh Khaldun, Director and Health Officer, City of Detroit, MI
Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal, IL
Laura Kroeger, Mayor’s Staff, Townsend Public Affairs
Dave Lang, Assistant to the General President, International Assoc of Fire Fighter
Sherman Lea, Sr., Mayor, City of Roanoke, VA
Chokwe  Lumumba, Mayor, City of Jackson Mayor’s Office
Steve Ly, Mayor, City of Elk Grove, CA
Viola Lyles, Mayor, City of Charlotte, NC
JD  Mangat, City Councilor , City of Lafayette, CO
Lisa Matichak, Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
Joseph McElveen, Mayor, City of Sumter, SC
Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor, City of Vancouver, WA
Nancy McFarlane, Mayor, City Council/Raleigh, NC
Emily Miota, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project
Stacy  Mitchell, Co-Executive Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Lori Moore-Merrell, Assistant to the General President, International Assoc of Fire Fighter
Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director, DC Health and Interim Director, Department of Behavioral Health, Washington, DC
Nickole  Nesby, Mayor, City of Duquesne, PA
Michael Nutter, Former Mayor City of Philadelphia and David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs, City of Philadelphia
Alisa O’Hanlon, Federal & Tribal Relations, City of Tacoma, WA
David Post, Mayor Pro Tem , City of Salisbury, NC
Caitlin Reagan, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, American Institute of Architects
Alison Reeves, Public Affairs Specialist, Washington, DC
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Dave Ribeiro, Senior researcher, ACEEE
Jon Robinson, Deputy City Manager, City of West Sacramento, CA
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Carmen Rojas, CEO & Co-Founder, The Workers Lab
Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland, CA
Bill  Schiebler, Program Director, The Workers Lab
Timothy Scott, Mayor, Borough of Carlisle, PA
Paula Seidel, Senior Director, Industry Relations, American Institute of Architects
Steve  Skadron, Mayor, City of Aspen, CO
Marjorie Sloan, Mayor, City of Golden, CO
Thomas Small, Mayor, City of Culver City, CA
Katya Spear, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project
Kate Stewart, Mayor, City of Takoma Park, MD
Bruce Teague, Council Member, City of Iowa City, IA
James Throgmorton, Mayor, City of Iowa City, IA
Shruti Vaidyanathan, Senior advisor for research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Zachary Vruwink, Mayor, City of Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Patricia  Williams, Mayor , Town of Brunson, SC
Victoria Woodards, Mayor, City of Tacoma, WA
Kimberlee  Wyche Etheridge, Interim Director, Meharry Medical College MSPH Program, Assistant professor in Public Health and Pediatrics, Meharry Medical College