Past: Winter 2020 Policy Meeting

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Friday, January 24
1:00 - 2:15pm
Steering Committee Meeting
Room T4-416, AARP, 575 7th St NW. Open to member cities only.
2:30 - 4:00pm
Women Mayors’ Network Kickoff
Athens Rm, 4th Fl, Hotel Monaco, 700 F St NW. Open to all women-identified mayors.
The Mayors Innovation Project is thrilled to announce the first meeting of our new initiative, the Women Mayors Network. This inaugural event will take place immediately before the Winter Meeting. Learn more here.
3:30 - 4:15pm
Location: The Winter Meeting will take place at AARP’s Hatchery, located in the Terrell Building at 575 7th Street, NW. Please use the entrance located across the street from the Hotel Monaco, on 7th Street. Please be prepared to show ID to general building security at the main entrance. Once down the hallway by the Hatchery elevator bank, present ID again to AARP security to receive a visitor badge.
4:15 - 4:45pm
Winter 2020 Policy Meeting: Welcome & Introductions
The Hatchery, AARP, 575 7th St NW
4:45 - 6pm
​Designing for Extremes
The Hatchery, AARP, 575 7th St NW
​Cities on the high road proactively address the uneven distribution of resources, and will thus often pursue targeted and focused interventions to address the needs of specific populations. In doing so, they can build solutions that have far-reaching benefits beyond that target population. By using the principle of “designing for extremes,” communities can create policies that have positive outcomes for everyone. This session will feature the work of cities whose policies have tackled challenges that more directly affect specific populations and have, consequently, improved their community more broadly. The discussion will focus in the areas of housing, transportation, and public health.
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids, MI
Mayor Mitch Colvin, Fayetteville, NC
Mayor Gabriel Ortega, Fountain, CO
Mayor Melvin Carter, St. Paul, MN
Moderator: Betsy Hodges, former Mayor, Minneapolis, MN
6 - 6:15pm
6:15 - 7pm
Innovation Showcase
The Hatchery, AARP, 575 7th St NW
Mayors in attendance will present to the group on an innovative policy or program idea that they’ve successfully implemented in their community.
7 - 7:30pm
7:30 - 9:00pm
Keynote & Dinner
May Boeve, Executive Director & Co-Founder,

Saturday, January 25
8:00 - 9:30am
Women Mayors’ Network Kickoff: Part 2
Athens Rm, 4th Fl, Hotel Monaco, 700 F St NW
Breakfast included. Open to women-identified mayors.
​8:00 - 9:30am
The Hatchery, AARP, 575 7th St NW
For anyone not attending the Women Mayors’ Network Kickoff.
9:30 - 9:45am
9:45 - 11:30am
How will mayors make it count? Challenges and opportunities for the 2020 Census
The stakes are always high for the decennial census, with funding, power, and representation on the line. This year’s Census changes pose unique threats to ensuring a complete count: the introduction of a digital count, fear and uncertainty among immigrant communities, organized disinformation campaigns, and increasing political divisiveness. What can cities do to ensure their populations are counted fairly and accurately, and how are cities leading on this issue? This workshop will offer an overview of the 2020 census implementation, feature city leaders highlighting best practice census strategies, and provide breakout time to workshop your city’s issues with your peers and our partner content experts.
Terri Ann Lowenthal, Consultant
Emma Margolin, Senior Research Analyst, Data & Society
Dawn Begay, Native American Affairs Coordinator, Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Reid, Executive Director, Philly Counts
Moderator: Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland, CA
11:30 - 11:45am
11:45am - 1pm
​From Cradle to Preschool: Holistic Approaches to Promote Future Success
Cradle to pre-k is a pivotal time in child development—this age sets the foundation for lifelong success. Decades of research demonstrate that access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education and care is fundamentally important in achieving successful outcomes later in life. How can cities support collaboration across systems to better serve this population? How might cities access and focus resources on the most critical years of brain development as a key strategy to eliminate racial and economic disparities? This panel will explore holistic approaches and collaboration across partners through which cities are protecting and promoting the brain development of infants through young children.
Jammie Albert, Program Manager, Early Childhood Success Team, National League of Cities
Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Somerville, MA
Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester, NY
Moderator: Mayor Victoria Woodards, Tacoma, WA
​1:00 - 1:30pm
Steering Committee Meeting
Room T4-416, AARP, 575 7th St NW. Open to member cities only.
1:30 - 5:30pm
Optional: National Museum of African American History and Culture
Join us to visit the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History & Culture. A light boxed lunch as well as transportation to the museum will be provided (attendees should make their own transportation arrangements leaving the museum). Tickets are limited and first-come, first-served. Register early to secure your spot.

Designing for Extremes


City of Grand Rapids begins year-long autonomous vehicle trial, William Kucinski, SAE International, July 26th, 2019. Read More.

Experience Matters for Livability, AARP Livable Communities, June 5th, 2019. Read More.

Community approach to target teen substance abuse in Fountain, Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette, February 26th, 2017. Read More.

Tiny houses in Fayetteville? City leaders think it may be a solution for homeless, John Henderson, The Fayetteville Observer, October 8th, 2019. Read More.

A Novel Solution for the Homeless: House Them in Backyards, Jennifer Medina, The New York Times, October 29th, 2018. Read More.

How kid-friendly urban design makes cities better for all, Patrick Sisson, Curbed, December 12th, 2017. Read More.

How to design cities for and by women, Paula Bisiau, apolitical, October 28th, 2019. Read More.

The Curb-Cut Effect, Angela Glover Blackwell, Stanford Social Innovation Review. Read more.

Cradle to PreK


Three New Cities Commit to Supporting a Strong Prenatal to Age 3 Agenda, Vera Feeny, Cities Speak, April 26th, 2019. Read More.

Pre-K in 40 Large American Cities: Improvement? Yes. More Needed? Yes., Paul Cohn, Early Learning Nation, February 4th, 2019. Read More.

Let’s Create An Early Learning Community, Cailin O’Connor, Early Learning Nation, June 1st, 2019. Read More.

Equitable Early Care and Education System: an Alignment Framework, National League of Cities. Read More.

On Track for Kindergarten Readiness: How Cities can Support a Prenatal to Age 3 Agenda, National League of Cities. Read More.

Building Citywide Systems of Opportunity for Children, Education Redesign Lab, Harvard Graduate Scool of Education, April 1st, 2018. Read More.

The Future of Work Begins with a City’s Youngest Residents, National League of Cities, January 4th, 2019. Read More.

Measuring Success: Healthy Child Development By Age 3, National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers, Pritzker Children’s Initiative. Read More.

Denver’s Road to Reading Initiative, City of Denver, CO, August 26th, 2019. Read More.

Bright Cities, Healthy Babies Bright Futures, June 29th, 2018. Read More.

In San Antonio, Building a Community for All Generations from the Beginning, National League of Cities, November 1st, 2019. Read More.

Promising Practices Portfolio, Oakland Smart and Strong, July 1st, 2019. Read More.

Innovation Brief: Creating an Ecosystem of Supports for Infants, Toddlers and Families, National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers.. Read More.

Roc the Future: State of Our Children Report Card, 2019, City of Rochester, NY, December 1st, 2019. Read More.

Connecting Children, Parents and Early Education in Rochester: Mayor Lovely Warren, Early Learning Nation, February 20th, 2019. Read More.

Baby University continues to change lives of new parents, Meghan Mangrum, Chattanooga Times Free Press, December 31st, 2017. Read More.

New evidence helps more cities adopt Providence Talks model, Bloomberg Cities, via Medium, May 2nd, 2018.

Ready to Learn, Ready for K: Somerville’s Early Education and Care Plan, City of Somerville, March 1st, 2018. Read More.

Age Strong Public Awareness Campaign Launched, City of Boston, September 24th, 2019. Read More.



Philly Counts 2020 Census Planning Toolkit, Nigel Thompson, AL DÍA , August 27th, 2019. Read More.

Disinformation and the 2020 Census, Read More.

2020 Census Major Operations Update, Terri Ann Lowenthal, Terri Ann Lowenthal, December 11th, 2019. Read More.

Using Your Local Budgets to Ensure a Fair County of Your Community, The Center for Popular Democracy and Local Progress, May 1st, 2019. Read More.

Can Cities Save the Census, Kyla Fullenwider and Greg Fischer, Harvard Kennedy School, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Read More.

2020 Census: Why it’s critical to Dayton?, Cornelius Frolik, Dayton Daily News, December 7th, 2019. Read More.

City of phoenix Partners with Cisco and Microsoft for the 2020 Census, City of Pheonix, PR Newswire, September 12th, 2019. Read More.

Philly Counts 2020: Stephanie Reid breaks down the city’s preparation for the upcoming census, Nigel Thompson, Al Dia, August 27th, 2019. Read More.

In the One State that Tested the Census, Concerns About Reaching Hard-to-Count Residents, Andrea Noble, Route Fifty, November 11th, 2019. Read More.

An Introduction to Disinformation, Interference, and the 2020 Census, Arab American Institute, June 17th, 2019. Read More.

6 Innovative Ways States and Localities Are Preparing for the 2020 Census, Mike Maciag, Governing, January 1st, 2019. Read More.

Women Mayors' Network


Women Mayors’ Network Slides. Read more..


Timothy Scott, Mayor, Borough of Carlisle, PA

Tim Busse, Mayor, City of Bloomington, MN

John Hamilton, Mayor, City of Bloomington, IN
Lauren McLean, Mayor, City of Boise, ID
Miro Weinberger, Mayor, City of Burlington, VT
Patrick Wojahn, Mayor, City of College Park, MD
Meghan Sahli-Wells, Mayor, City of Culver City, CA
Nickole Nesby, Mayor, City of Duquesne, PA
Mitch Colvin, Mayor, City of Fayetteville, NC
Gabriel Ortega, Mayor, City of Fountain, CO
Lily Mei, Mayor, City of Fremont, CA
Laura Weinberg, Mayor, City of Golden, CO
Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Bruce Teague, Mayor, City of Iowa City, IA
Chasity Wells-Armstrong, Mayor, City of Kankakee, IL
Jamie Harkins, Mayor, City of Lafayette, CO
Danene Sorace, Mayor, City of Lancaster, PA
Leirion Gaylor Baird, Mayor, City of Lincoln, NE
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor, City of Madison, WI
Yolanda Ford, Mayor, City of Missouri City, TX
Margaret Abe-Koga, Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
Breea Clark, Mayor, City of Norman, OK
Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland, CA
Kim Norton, Mayor, City of Rochester, MN
Lovely Warren , Mayor, City of Rochester, NY
Melvin Carter, Mayor, City of Saint Paul, MN
Karen Alexander, Mayor, City of Salisbury, NC
Jacob Day, Mayor, City of Salisbury, MD
John Valdivia, Mayor, City of San Bernardino, CA
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor, City of Somerville, MA
Victoria Woodards, Mayor, City of Tacoma, WA
Kate Stewart, Mayor, City of Takoma Park, MD
Gary Carey, Mayor, City of Walker, MI
Marita Garrett, Mayor, City of Wilkinsburg, PA
Zach Vruwink, Mayor, City of Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Kelly Girtz, Mayor, County of Athens-Clarke, GA
John Cooper, Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, TN
Ethan Berkowtiz, Mayor, Municipality of Anchorage, AK
Leslie Hager-Smith, Mayor, Town of Blacksburg, VA
Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal, IL
May Boeve, Executive Director, 350 dot org
Jean Setzfand, Senior Vice President, AARP
Mike Watson, Sr. Advisor, AARP
Jane Frederick, 2020 AIA President, American Institute of Architects
Michael  Winn, Manager of State and Local Policy, American Institute of Architects
Amanda Hunter, Director of Research and Communications, Barbara Lee Family Foundation
Debra DeHaney-Howard, Government Relations, CapitalEdge
Ralph Garboushian, Washington Representative, CapitalEdge
Dawn Begay, Native American Affairs Coordinator, City of Albuquerque, NM
Jamie Busse, City Manager, City of Bloomington, MN
Beverly Calender-Anderson, Director of Community and Family Resources Department, City of Bloomington, IN
Sara Peyton, Administrative Specialist, City of Boise, ID
Mazahir Salih, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Iowa City, IA
Christie Baumel, Deputy Mayor, City of Madison, WI
Leslie Orrantia, Deputy Mayor, City of Madison, WI
Chris Clark, Councilmember, City of Mountain View, CA
Mike Kasperzak, Former Mayor, City of Mountain View, CA
David  Post, Council member, City of Salisbury, NC
Alisa O'Hanlon, Government Relations Analyst, City of Tacoma, WA
Emma Margolin, Senior Research Analyst, Data and Society
Heidi Gerbracht, Founder, Equity Agenda
Evan  Absher, Senior Program Officer - Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 
Mark Stodola, Kauffman Mayors Council, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 
Terri Ann Lowenthal, Census Consultant, Funders Census Initiative 2020
Kyra Naumoff Shields, Bright Cities Program Director, Healthy Babies Bright Futures
Tarsi Dunlop, Policy and Program Manager, Local Progress
Frances Ferguson, Head of Corporate and Municipal Cards Business , Mobility Capital Finance Incorporated
Frances Ferguson, Head of Municipal Sales, MoCaFi
Jammie Albert, Program Manager, National League of Cities
Joshua San Miguel, Leadership Coordinator, People For the American Way Foundation
Stephanie Reid, Executive Director, Philly Counts
Matt Fulton, Vice President of  National Engagement, POLCO
Jeff Furman, President, Rejoice the Vote
Rafael Carbonell, Executive Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Alana Byrd, Policy Coordinator, Young Elected Officials Network