Women Mayors Network

Local leaders are facing unprecedented challenges.

Women mayors are meeting them head on, and together.

We raise the profile of women mayors and their successes across the country to benefit women leaders and their cities.

In partnership with Equity Agenda, we launched the Women Mayors Network during the Winter 2020 Policy Meeting. The Network continues to meet remotely both for conversations facilitated by the Mayors Innovation Project, as well as informally for events hosted by members.

We invite woman-identified mayors to join us and be connected to other women mayors across the country.

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Katya Spear
Managing Director

Why a Network for Women Mayors?

Women mayors within our network have consistently expressed the need for a space where they can speak candidly, learn from each other, and gain the skills necessary to succeed amidst the challenges that sexism creates for all women, but in particular for women in leadership roles. We are excited to offer a space for mayors who identify as women to connect with each other.

Group of over 20 women mayors sitting and smilingThe Women Mayors Network provides women mayors with the opportunity to:

  • Explore the context and issues that affect the success of women mayors in their roles, with an initial focus on the specific experience of women in executive leadership (as opposed to more legislative roles).
  • Prioritize equity, representation, and intersectionality and understand how gender and race can be explored together.
  • Provide vetted high road policy options around intersectional/gender equity for all MIP members.
  • Inform the broader MIP membership network by providing resources to allies to help them interrupt sexism and racism, address equity concerns and support their colleagues’ leadership.

Current & Past Participants

Karen Alexander ∙ Salisbury, NC
Roxie Alexander ∙ Kingfisher, OK
Linda Anderson ∙ Douglas, MI
Mary-Ann Baldwin ∙ Raleigh, NC
Lacey Beaty ∙ Beaverton, OR
Catherine Blakespear ∙ Encinitas, CA
Rosalynn Bliss ∙ Grand Rapids, MI
Paige Brown ∙ Gallatin, TN
Felicia Brunson ∙ West Park, FL
Shari Cantor ∙ West Hartford, CT
Latoya Cantrell ∙ New Orleans, LA
Elizabeth Carr-Hurst ∙ Fairburn, GA
Jane Castor ∙ Tampa, FL
Breea Clark ∙ Norman, OK
Paige Cognetti ∙ Scranton, PA
Kate Colin ∙ San Rafael, CA
Sandy Cox ∙ Lakeway, TX
Michelle Davis-Younger ∙ Manassas, VA
Michelle De La Isla ∙ Topeka, KS
Michelle Delisfort ∙ Union Township, NJ
Amanda Dewey ∙ Berwyn Heights, MD
Robin Edens ∙ Skiatook, OK
Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft ∙ Alameda, CA
Deborah Feinen ∙ Champaign, IL
Yolanda Ford ∙ MO City, TX
Cassie Franklin ∙ Everett, WA
Alice Gallagher ∙ Western Springs, IL
Kate Gallego ∙ Phoenix, AZ
Patti Garrett ∙ Decatur, GA
Marita Garrett ∙ Wilkinsburg, PA
Leirion Gaylor Baird ∙ Lincoln, NE
Anne Gerwig ∙ Wellington, FL
Becky Glewen ∙ Beaver Dam, WI
Jennifer Gregerson ∙ Mukilteo, WA
Leslie Hager Smith ∙ Blacksburg, VA
Beth Haney ∙ Yorba Linda, CA
Jamie Harkins ∙ Lafayette, CO
Heidi Harmon ∙ San Luis Obispo, CA
Pam Hemminger ∙ Chapel Hill, NC
Heidi Herzberg ∙ Deltona, FL
Rebecca Hopp ∙ Ferrysburg, MI
Christine Hunschofsky ∙ Parkland, FL
Sadaf Jaffer ∙ Montgomery Township, NJ
Teri Johnston ∙ Key West, FL
Tishaura Jones ∙ St Louis, MO
Stellartean Jones ∙ Gray Court, SC
Ella Jones ∙ Ferguson, MO
Ellen Kamei ∙ Mountain View, CA
Farrah Khan ∙ Irvine, CA
Indya Kincannon ∙ Knoxville, TN
Nikylan Knapper ∙ Maplewood, MO
Jan Kulman ∙ Thornton, CO
Nicole LaChappelle ∙ Easthampton, MA
Keisha Lance Bottoms ∙ Atlanta, GA
Emily Larson ∙ Duluth, MN
Lydia Lavelle ∙ Carrboro, NC
Lori Lightfoot ∙ Chicago, IL
Patricia Lion ∙ Douglas, MI
Nikki Lloyd ∙ Bethany, OK
Kristine Lott ∙ Winooski, VT
Vi Lyles ∙ Charlotte, NC
Paula McCombie ∙ South Barrington, IL
Lauren McLean ∙ Boise, ID
Lily Mei ∙ Fremont, CA
Erin Mendenhall ∙ Salt Lake City, Utah
Kayce Munyeneh ∙ Cheverly, MD
Nickole Nesby ∙ Duquesne, PA
Kim Norton ∙ Rochester, MN
Shaunna O’Connell ∙ Taunton, MA
Monique Owens ∙ Eastpointe, MI
Mary Parham-Copelan ∙ Milledgeville, GA
Elise Partin ∙ Cayce, SC
Shawyn Patterson-Howard ∙ Mount Vernon, NY
Mary Lou Pauly ∙ Issaquah, WA
Austin Quinn Davidson ∙ Anchorage, AK
Christie Rainwater ∙ Hanahan, SC
Dawn Ramsey ∙ South Jordan, UT
Maria Regan Gonzalez ∙ Richfield, MN
Satya Rhodes-Conway ∙ Madison, WI
Maria Rivera ∙ Central Falls, RI
Katherine Rosenberg ∙ Wausau, WI
Nancy Rotering ∙ Highland Park, IL
Sally Russell ∙ Bend, OR
Meghan Sahli Wells ∙ Culver City, CA
Mary Salas ∙ Chula Vista, CA
Libby Schaaf ∙ Oakland, CA
Hillary Schieve ∙ Reno, NV
Shelli Selby ∙ Yukon, OK
Emma Sharif ∙ Compton, CA
Kathy Sheehan ∙ Albany, NY
Amy Shuler Goodwin ∙ Charleston, WV
Danene Sorace ∙ Lancaster, PA
Alejandra Sotelo Solis ∙ National City, CA
Yvonne Spicer ∙ Framingham, MA
Erin Stewart ∙ New Britain, CT
Kate Stewart ∙ Takoma Park, MD
Katrina Thompson ∙ Broadview, IL
Jaclyn Veasy ∙ Evesham, NJ
Cheryl Viegas-Walker ∙ El Centro, CA
Jules Walters ∙ West Linn, OR
Lovely Warren ∙ Rochester, NY
Acquanetta Warren ∙ Fontana, CA
Anne Watson ∙ Montpelier, VT
Laura Weinberg ∙ Golden, CO
Anissa Welch ∙ Milton, WI
Chasity Wells-Armstrong ∙ Kankakee, IL
Nan Whaley ∙ Dayton, OH
Lori Wilson ∙ Suisun City, CA
Debra Wimpee ∙ Broken Arrow, OK
Victoria Woodards ∙ Tacoma, WA


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