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Mayor Jake Spano appointed to National League of Cities race equity, transit leadership positions

Post Date:March 29, 2019 10:00 a.m.
St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano has been appointed to serve as co-vice chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council, and will co-chair the Transit Subcommittee as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Services (TIS) federal advocacy committee.

REAL is NLC’s effort to equip its membership with the capacity to respond to racial tensions in their communities and address the historical, systemic and structural barriers that further inequity and racism in our nation’s cities. A focus on racial equity provides NLC the opportunity to align its unique strengths and resources across the organization to proactively prepare city leaders to apply a racial equity lens to policies, initiatives, programs and budgets.

As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Services (TIS) federal advocacy committee, Spano will chair the transit subcommittee, a position he has previously held. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports.

As a member of both the REAL council and the TIS committee, Spano will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns – including St. Louis Park – before Congress, with the administration and at home.

“Serving on each of these committees will allow me to bring the successes we’ve had in St. Louis Park to a larger audience and to advocate on a larger stage,” said Spano. “I’ll also have the chance to learn firsthand about the experiences of other cities and bring that knowledge home to improve our city’s position as a leader in both race equity and transit. This is a great opportunity for us to build on the work of the past as we’re creating a community for the future.”

Jake Spano was elected mayor of St. Louis Park in 2016 after a four-year term as a council member at large. He serves on the Southwest Light Rail Transit Corridor Management Committee and the Executive Committee for the Regional Council of Mayors, and is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
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