Past: Winter 2018 Policy Meeting

Winter 2018 Policy Meeting
Friday, January 26 - Saturday, January 27


Thank you for joining us! Click below to view speaker presentations. Video coming soon:


Get the Job Done: Building Immigrant Friendly Cities
Building Equitable Bike Infrastructure: All ages, abilities, and backgrounds
Innovation Showcase
Expanding Access to Voting
Jeff Narabrook, Minneapolis, MN [video]
Fostering Healthy Discourse in Your City
Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond, VA







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Friday, January 26

12:00 - 1:00pm

Steering Committee Meeting (members only)

1:00 - 2:00pm



Welcome & Introductions

Joel Rogers, COWS

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids, MI

2:15 - 3:45pm

Get the Job Done: Building Immigrant Friendly Cities

Our cities have long been a destination for immigrants, who bring economic, social and cultural benefits to our communities. There are numerous policy and program approaches cities can take to better welcome and integrate immigrants. This is especially important in light of hostile federal policy.

Rachel Peric, Welcoming America

Mayor Michael Brown, Grand Forks, ND

Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore, MD

Moderator: Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT

3:45 - 4:00pm


4:00 - 6:15pm

Building Equitable Bike Infrastructure: All ages, abilities, and backgrounds

Mitigating traffic congestion, freeing up parking, and reducing carbon emissions all make good cases for why cities are shifting their transportation planning efforts towards building better bicycle infrastructure. But for some municipalities, the development of bike infrastructure extends beyond these benefits to combat—and even reduce—economic, health, and safety disparities. How can local governments leverage bike infrastructure policies and strategies to promote equity in their communities for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds?

Kate Fillin-Yeh, NACTO

Mayor Kendall Lane and Tiffany Mannion, Keene, NH

Waffiyyah Murray, Philadelphia, PA

Moderator: Mayor Suzanne Jones, Boulder, CO

​6:15 - 7:00pm

Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase offers all Mayors and city staff in attendance the opportunity to present on a leading edge/innovative policy or program idea that they’ve successfully implemented (3 minute presentation, 3 powerpoint slides max). Attendees can sign up to participate when they register.

Moderator: Mike Kasperzak, Former Mayor, Mountain View, CA

7:00 - 7:30pm


7:30 - 9:00pm

Dinner & Keynote

Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution Centennial Scholar and author of The New Localism

Saturday, January 27

7:30 - 8:30am


8:30 - 10:30am

Expanding Access to Voting

The ability of people to vote is paramount to a strong democracy. With voter suppression laws across the country reducing local election turnout, what can cities do to increase access to the ballot? Through increased enfranchisement, registration efforts, and election outreach, cities can expand voter turnout and increase life-long engagement in the democratic process.

Emma Greenman, Center for Popular Democracy

Mayor Kate Stewart, Takoma Park, MD

Rachel Rodriguez, Madison, WI

Jeff Narabrook, Minneapolis, MN

Moderator: Alisa O’Hanlon, Tacoma, WA

10:30 - 10:45am


10:45 - 12:45pm

Fostering Healthy Discourse in Your City

Mayors expect to lead their community, but they can’t do it effectively without an engaged citizenry who believes that their voices matter. As our world – and thus our public spaces – become increasingly polarized, it’s becoming ever more difficult to create and maintain venues for productive and meaningful dialogue among citizens and between citizens and their elected officials. Effectively engaging your citizens at the right time and in the right ways can lead to better processes, better ideas, and better outcomes for all. We’ll hear from those making inroads on fostering inclusive and productive dialogue on difficult issues.

Selena Schmidt, Art of Democracy

Sally Stadelman, Pittsburgh, PA

Raquel Goodrich, National Institute for Civil Discourse

Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond, VA

Moderator: Mayor Marjorie Sloan, Golden, CO



1:15 - 3:15pm

Steering Committee Meeting (members only)

Building Immigrant Friendly Cities


Cities and Immigration – Executive Summary, January 1st, 2018. Read more.

All Immigration is Local, Michael Jones-Correa, Center for American Progress, September 1st, 2011. Read more.

Immigrants Establishing Roots in New Gateway Cities, Mike Maciag, Governing, March 1st, 2016. Read more.

A Message from Sam: We’ve Got Your Back,”, Mayor Sam Liccardo, Office of the Mayor, San Jose, CA, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

“Immigration helps Grand Forks employers and economy, Mayor Mike Brown, Grand Forks Herald, June 29th, 2016. Read more.

Jersey City a beacon of hope despite anti-immigrant rhetoric elsewhere, Mayor Steven Fulop,, January 28th, 2017. Read more.

Mayor Kasim Reed Welcomes You to the City of Atlanta, Welcoming Atlanta, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Atlanta, GA, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

New PSA Campaign to Support Muslim Residents, Visitors, Mayor's Office, City of Boston, MA, July 19th, 2017. Read more.

Joining the ACLU’s ‘Freedom Cities’ Campaign in Support of Muslims and Immigrants, Dane County, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Welcome Dayton: Immigrant Friendly City, Human Relations Council, City of Dayton, OH, September 1st, 2011. Read more.

Welcoming San Jose: Plan for Civic, Economic, Linguistic, and Social Integration 2016 - 2019, Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of San Jose, CA, January 1st, 2015. Read more.

Seeds of Growth, Welcoming America, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Local Options for Protecting Immigrants, Lena Graber, Angie Junck, and Nikki Marquez, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Executive Order: Establishing the City of Jersey City as a Sanctuary City, City of Jersey City, NJ, February 3rd, 2017. Read more.

Chapter: 41.6.1, Immigration Status, City of New Orleans, LA, February 28th, 2016. Read more.

Language Access, Local Progress: The National Municipal Policy Network, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Local Confidentiality Policies, Local Progress: The National Municipal Policy Network, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Resident Leadership Academies, WE Global Network, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Who We Are: Municipal ID cards as a local strategy to promote belonging and shared community identit, The Center for Popular Democracy, December 1st, 2013. Read more.

Building Equitable Bike Infrastructure


Bicycle Equity Statement of Principle, The Slow Roll Chicago, October 13th, 2017. Read more.

The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity, The League of American Bicyclists and The Sierra Club, May 29th, 2013. Read more.

At the Intersection of Active Transportation and Equity, Sara Zimmerman et al., Safe Routes to School National Partnership, January 1st, 2015. Read more.

Building Equity, Michael Andersen and Mary Lauran Hall, PeopleForBikes and Alliance for Biking and Walking, March 4th, 2015. Read more.

What Will It Take To Close the Gender Gap In Urban Cycling?, Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company, November 27th, 2017. Read more.

Biking in Los Angeles: A Q&A with the former head of the LACBC, Bianca Barragan, Curbed Los Angeles, August 2nd, 2017. Read more.

Equitable Bike Share Means Building Better Places for People to Ride, National Association of City Transportation Officials, July 1st, 2016. Read more.

The All Ages and Abilities Design Toolbox, National Association of City Transportation Officials, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Choosing an All Ages & Abilities Bicycle Facility, National Association of City Transportation Officials, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Pittsburgh becomes first U.S. city to offer free bike share to transit riders, Stefani Cox, Better Bike Share Partnership, October 1st, 2017. Read more.

Survey offers guidance for bike equity in Charlotte, Robert Boyer, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, March 13th, 2017. Read more.

16 Small Cities Team Up on Bike-Share, Rachel Dovey, Next City, October 19th, 2017. Read more.

Has Philadelphia Made a Bike Share That Can Get the Entire City Biking?”, Anita Hamilton, Fast Company, March 30th, 2015. Read more.

Resolution of Bicycle Advisory Committee priorities in equity, education, and encouragement, Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee, City of Minneapolis, MN, January 25th, 2017. Read more.

Expanding Access to Voting


Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research, Zoltan L. Hajnal, Nazita Lajevardi, and Lindsay Nielson, The Washington Post, February 15th, 2017. Read more.

Vulnerable Communities Lose Critical Documentation in Natural Disasters’ Wake, Teresa Mathew, CityLab, September 1st, 2017. Read more.

Map of the Month: Who Votes for Mayor?, Chris Bousquet, Data-Smart City Solutions, October 31st, 2017. Read more.

Deepening Our Democracy: How Localities Can Expand Voting Rights, The Center for Popular Democracy, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

What Can Cities Do to Increase Voter Turnout in Local and Mayor Elections?, Jason Jurjevich and Phil Keisling, Medium, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Voter Advocates Say There’s a Way to Increase Turnout, Bill Bradley, Next City, October 26th, 2017. Read more.

Increasing Turnout in City Elections: Is Timing Everything?, Public Policy Institute of California, March 1st, 2002. Read more.

Tenant Notification of Voter Registrations (TNVR) ordinance goes into effect in March, Elections & Voter Services, City of Minneapolis, MN, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

Chapter 46, 1057-a: Agency based voter registration, New York City Campaign Finance Board, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Landlords must provide voter registration information and forms to new tenants, Lauren Gibbons, MLive, February 6th, 2013. Read more.

In Houston, Taco Trucks Serve Up Voter Registration, Linda Poon, CityLab, September 28th, 2016. Read more.

In-Person Absentee Voting (IPAV) in Satellite Locations in the City of Madison, Dane County Clerk's Office, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

One way Durham is making it easier to vote this Election Day, Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The Herald Sun, October 23rd, 2017. Read more.

Election Integrity: A Pro-Voter Agenda, Myrna Perez, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law, January 1st, 2017. Read more.

Expanding Voting Rights, Local Progress: The National Municipal Policy Network, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Immigrant Voting Task Force Report, City of Seattle, WA, January 1st, 2015. Read more.

Young Voices at the Ballot Box, Generation Citizen, January 1st, 2017. Read more.

The case for allowing 16-year-olds to vote, Zachary Crockett, Vox, November 7th, 2016. Read more.

Over 11,900 Students Registered to Vote in the 2016 High School Voter Registration Drive (HSVR), Broward County, FL, February 11th, 2016. Read more.

Fostering Healthy Discourse


Bridging the Disconnect Between the People and Their Governments, Myung J. Lee, Voices of the Governing Institute, Governing, April 11th, 2017. Read more.

Assembling Participation Infrastructure, Tina Nabatchi and Matt Leighninger, Chapter 9, Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy, January 1st, 2015. Read more.

All-America Conversations Toolkit, National Civic League, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Leading the Way: Pittsburgh, PA, Camille Morse Nicholson, Jefferson Center, April 4th, 2017. Read more.

CMU, City Officials Write the Book on Deliberative Democracy, Emily Stimmel, Carnegie Mellon University, November 22nd, 2016. Read more.

A Handbook for Deliberative Community Forums, Carnegie Mellon University, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Revive Civility and Respect Cities, National Institute for Civil Discourse, January 26th, 2018. Read more.

Commission maps next steps for gathering feedback on Confederate statues in Richmond, Mark Robinson, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 14th, 2017. Read more.

Joint Task Force Report on Civility, League of Minnesota Cities and Minnesota City/County Management Association , January 1st, 2014. Read more.

Dubuque: Creating a Culture of Engagement, Sarah Lipscomb, National Civic League, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

Tackling Wicked Problems Through Deliberative Engagement, Martin Carcasson, Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation, October 1st, 2013. Read more.

About Conversation Corps, Conversation Corps, January 10th, 2018. Read more.

Effective Engagement Combines Innovation with Public Outreach, Stephen Goldsmith, Government Technology, December 1st, 2017. Read more.


Robert Agee, Mayor's Office, City of Annapolis, MD
Gabrielle Alahouzos, Director, Industry Relations, American Institute of Architects
Alan Arakawa, Mayor, County of Maui, HI
Danielle Arigoni, Director of Livable Communities, AARP
Ethan  Berkowitz, Mayor, City of Anchorage, AK
Scott Bernstein, Founder and Chief Strategy + Innovation Officer, Center for Neighborhood Technology/ Chicago
Dave Bieter, Mayor, City of Boise, ID
Rosalynn  Bliss, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Matthew Braunginn, Senior Associate, COWS
Michael R. Brown, Mayor, City of Grand Forks, ND
Gavin Buckley, Mayor, City of Annapolis, MD
Peter  Buttigieg, Mayor, City of South Bend, IN
Rafael Carbonell, Executive Director, Harvard Kennedy School, Taubman Center for State + Local Government
Bill Carpenter, Mayor, City of Brockton, MA
Carl Castillo, Policy Advisor, City of Boulder, CO
Frank Cownie, Mayor, City of Des Moines, IA
John  Cranley, Mayor, City of Cincinnati, OH
Jill Dabbs, Mayor, City of Bryant, AR
Jenny Dodson, Senior Manager of Special Initiatives, National Institute for Reproductive Health
Dennis Doyle, Mayor, City of Beaverton, OR
Evan Dreyer, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Denver, CO
Mike Duffy, CEO & Founder, CityBase
Casey Earp, Engagement Manager, Bang the Table
Edward  Estes, Mayor, City of Glenarden, MD
Kate Fillin-Yeh, Strategy Director, NACTO
Liz Fischer, Chief Marketing Officer, CityBase
Suzanna Fritzberg, Policy Director, City of South Bend, IN
Ralph Garboushian, Washington Representative, CapitalEdge
Heidi Gerbracht, Bright Cities National Program Director, Healthy Babies Bright Futures
Nicholas  Giaquinto, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Brockton, MA
Raquel Goodrich, Deputy Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse
Emma  Greenman, Director of Voting Rights and Democracy, Center for Popular Democracy / National 
Jennifer Gregerson, Mayor, City of Mukilteo, WA
Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor, City of Moreno Valley, CA
Pete Haga, Community/Gov Relations Officer, City of Grand Forks, ND
Leslie Hager-Smith, Mayor, Town of Blacksburg, VA
Al Heggins, Mayor, City of Salisbury, NC
Bobby Hopewell, Mayor, City of Kalamazoo, MI
Veneeth Iyengar, Asst Chief Administrative Officer, Office of the Mayor / Baton Rouge
Suzanne Jones, Mayor, City of Boulder, CO
Mike Kasperzak, Former Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
Bruce Katz, Institution Centennial Scholar and author of The New Localism, Brookings Institution
Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal, IL
Nicole  LaChapelle, Mayor, City of Easthampton, MA
Kendall W. Lane, Mayor, City of Keene, NH
Nancy LeaMond, Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP
Richard Madison, Staff Attorney, City of Bryant, AR
Tiffany Mannion, Bicycle Mayor of Keene, City of Keene, NH
Cory Mason, Mayor, City of Racine
Nick  Mastronardi, CEO, Polco
Michael McDaniel, FAST Start Coordinator, City of Flint, MI
Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor, City of Vancouver, WA
Nancy McFarlane, Mayor, City of Raleigh, NC
Waffiyyah Murray, Better Bike Share Partnership Program Manager, City of Philadelphia, PA
Jeff Narabrook, Elections Administrator, City of Minneapolis, MN
Pam O'Connor, Councilmember, City of Santa Monica, CA
Alisa O'Hanlon, Government Relations Analyst, City of Tacoma, WA
Alex Pedersen, COO, Polco
Amber Pence, Intergovernmental Affairs Director, City of Boise, ID
Rachel  Peric, Executive Director, Welcoming America 
David Post, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Salisbury, NC
Catherine Pugh, Mayor, City of Baltimore, MD
Caitlin Reagan, Sr. Manager, Public Affairs, Strategic Communications & Content, American Institute of Architects
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Dave Ribeiro, Senior researcher, ACEEE
Rachel Rodriguez, Certified Municipal Clerk, City of Madison, WI
Catalina Rodriguez, City of Baltimore, MD
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Alberto Santos, Mayor, Town of Kearny, NJ
Selena Schmidt, Co-founder, Social Innovator, The Art of Democracy
John Schwarten, Consultant, ICA Group
Jean Setzfand, Sr. Vice President, Programs, AARP
Dipa Sharif, Associate Director, Quantified Ventures
Lenny Siegel, Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
Steve  Skadron, Mayor, City of Aspen, CO
Marjorie Sloan, Mayor, City of Golden, CO
Thomas Small, Vice Mayor, City of Culver City, CA
Sally Stadelman, Manager of, Coordinator of Homeless Initiatives, City of Pittsburgh, PA
Kate  Stewart, Mayor, City of Takoma Park, MD
Mark Stodola, Mayor, City of Little Rock, AR
Levar Stoney, Mayor, City of Richmond, VA
Sabrina Sussman, Manager, Public Partnerships, Zipcar
Katya Szabados, Senior Associate, Mayors Innovation Project
Wade Troxell, Mayor, City of Fort Collins, CO
Melissa  Wackerle, LEED AP BD+C, ND, Sr. Director, Sustainable Practice & Knowledge, American Institute of Architects
Mike Watson, Sr. Advisor, AARP
David Weinberger, City Partnerships Director, ioby