Council President for the City of Minneapolis
Lisa Bender is the President of the Minneapolis City Council and Council Member for Ward 10. Throughout her two terms in office Council President Bender has been a leader on transportation issues, including championing the City’s adoption of a Complete Streets Policy, including a $400 million investment in complete streets, a Vision Zero commitment and adoption of the City’s new Transportation Action Plan.
Council President Bender lead the City Council adoption of the Minneapolis 2040 Plan which will guide growth and public investment for the next several decades with a focus on race equity and fighting climate change. She also played a leadership role in the adoption of the Midwest’s first $15 local minimum wage, a significant shift in housing policy and community-led approaches to public safety. President Bender earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning from UC Berkeley and, prior to taking office, had over a decade of experience in shaping transportation and land use policies to make cities more equitable and sustainable.