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Elizabeth at Bancroft School

Elizabeth was first elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2005, after working over a decade as a workers rights and civil rights lawyer. She has used her passion for grassroots activism and working with people to affect creative change in the City of Minneapolis.

From helping lead efforts to reform the Minneapolis pension system, to spearheading the city-wide reading program One Minneapolis One Read, to working to enhance our small business environment at 38th and Chicago, to fighting for environmental and social justice, Elizabeth has been an active, hands-on partner, building coalitions to support and drive change.

Elizabeth is the only Council Member to Chair two committees: the Regulatory Energy & Environment Committee, which reviews license issues, regulatory ordinances, and energy and environment policy issues, and the Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee, which oversees the lobbying efforts of the city. Elizabeth also serves as a member of the Ways & Means Committee and the Transportation & Public Works Committee.

With two young kids, Emily (1) and Cecelia (4), Elizabeth and her husband Eric have their hands full! As an amateur violinist, Elizabeth is a practice partner for Cecelia and also an off and on string quartet member with her (adult) friends. Elizabeth and her family live in the Kingfield neighborhood, Elizabeth’s home for the past 18 years.

Elizabeth is proud to be endorsed in her 2013 re-election campaign by:

AFSCME Council 5

DFL African American Caucus

DFL Latino Caucus

DFL Stonewall Caucus

Minneapolis DFL Party

Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council

Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus

SEIU MN State Council

Sierra Club

TakeAction MN




Boards, Commissions and Task Forces on behalf of the Minneapolis City Council
City Labor Management Committee
Information Services Policy Steering Group
Metro Cities, board member
Midtown Community Works Partnership
Minneapolis/St Paul Family Housing Fund<a
One Minneapolis One Read, Co-Chair
Thinc.Green, Co-Chair
Nicollet-Central Transportation Alternatives, Steering Committee

Past Board Membership
Youth Coordinating Board, Chair 2008-2009
Metropolitan Emergency Service Board, Chair 2012

Attorney representing individuals in employment and civil rights cases, Hedin Goldberg & Glidden (1994-2005)
Legal writing instructor, University of Minnesota School of Law (1996-98)
Volunteer attorney, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights (1996 – 2005)
Minnesota Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association (1994-present) and President (2002-03)
Amicus Advisory Panel, National Employment Lawyers Association (2000-05)

Community Service
Arts on Chicago, Steering Committee (2012-present)
Aliveness Project, Co-Chair Capital Campaign (2011 – present)
We Win Institute, Advisory Board member (2010-present)
Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis violinist (1994 – 2007) and President (2000-2002);
Hennepin History Museum, Vice-President (2003-05);
Advisor and volunteer, Interfaith Center for Worker Justice (2003-04);
Somalian Women’s Association, Secretary (1999-2002).

Bachelor of Arts, English and Government & Int’l Affairs, Augustana College (1990);
Juris doctor, University of Iowa College of Law (1993);
Master of Public Affairs, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota (2004)

2011 Equal Justice Award in Advocacy, Council on Crime and Justice
2004 Marshall Memorial Fellow, German Marshall Fund

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