Lisa Bender

City Council President, City of Minneapolis

Lisa Bender is the President of the Minneapolis City Council. She led the recent City Council adoption of Minneapolis 2040 which will guide growth and public investment for the next several decades, prioritizing race equity and fighting climate change. First elected in 2013, President Bender has championed the City’s Complete Streets policy including a $400 million investment in complete streets, adoption of the midwest’s first $15 local minimum wage and community-led approaches to public safety. President Bender earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning from UC Berkeley and has over a decade of experience in shaping transportation and land use choices to make cities more equitable and sustainable. Lisa is also mom to two young children and is a champion for getting more change-makers, women and people of color into elected office.