Winter 2020 Policy Meeting

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We are honored to invite you to join us at the Winter 2020 Policy Meeting in Washington, DC! The Winter Meeting will provide you with ideas that can be implemented right away to serve your constituents well and improve quality of life, while also helping you lead the charge in cutting edge ways that make a difference. 



May Boeve is the Executive Director of, a landmark grassroots campaign to engage and mobilize communities around the world in political action aimed at holding governments, corporations, and institutions accountable for addressing climate change. Boeve and several college friends co-founded in 2008 with author and climate activist Bill McKibben. She is the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Junior New Frontier Award, and was profiled by the Guardian and Time Magazine as a Next Generation Leader.



About the Mayors Innovation Project

We invite all cities to join the Mayors Innovation Project. We are a learning network for mayors committed to shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. Around the country, cities are taking the lead on pressing issues—climate change, racial equity, economic revitalization, housing, and more. We provide clear, useful information on policies and programs for mayors and create high-quality peer learning experiences for local leaders. We give mayors a chance to step back, look at the big picture, work through problems, and develop solutions with peers and leading experts.
Participating cities reflect a broad diversity of population, geography, economic situation, form of government, and more. All cities are welcome. Since its inception, over 200 cities, representing over 52 million people in 44 states and Canada, have participated in the Mayors Innovation Project. The Mayors Innovation Project provides an opportunity to pull back from the crises of the day and focus on what you’re really trying to accomplish over your term of service.
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Friday, January 24
1:00 - 2:15pm
Steering Committee Meeting
Open to member cities only.
2:30 - 4:00pm
Women Mayors’ Network Kickoff
Open to all women 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 2020 Policy Meeting. Learn more here.
3:00 - 4:00pm
4:00 - 4:30pm
Welcome & Introductions
4:30 - 5:45pm
​Designing for Extremes
​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, community engagement, and public spaces.
5:45 - 6:00pm
6:00 - 6:45pm
Innovation Showcase
Mayors in attendance will have the opportunity to present to the group on an innovative policy or program idea that they’ve successfully implemented in their community. Sign up to participate when you register!
6:45 - 7:30pm
7:30 - 9:00pm
Keynote & Dinner
May Boeve, Executive Director & Co-Founder,

Saturday, January 25
8:00 - 9:30am
Women Mayors’ Network: Part 2
Breakfast included.
​8:30 - 9:30am
For anyone not attending the Women Mayors’ Network meeting.
9:30 - 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
Stephanie Reid, Executive Director, Philly Counts
11:30 - 11:45am
11:45am - 12:45pm
​From Cradle to Preschool: Holistic Approaches to Promote Future Success
Cradle to pre-k is pivotal 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. We know what to do to serve this population most effectively: cities can enhance educational achievements through programs like universal public pre-K and closing the word gap; cities can limit exposure to specific toxins at this age to prevent lifelong negative impacts in cognitive function; and actively stemming racial and educational inequities in cost of care and services at this age is critical to future success. So, 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 collaborations that cities have taken to protect and promote brain development of infants to young children.
Jammie Albert, Program Manager, Early Childhood Success Team, National League of Cities
12:45 - 1:00pm
​1:00 - 1:30pm
Steering Committee Meeting
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.

Friday, January 24 - Saturday, January 25

The Hatchery, AARP, 575 7th St NW



We invite Mayors, other local elected executive-branch leaders representing US and Canadian cities to attend our meetings. Other elected local government leaders and staff should contact their executive offices or us for an invitation. 
  • Member Cities: As always, registration is free for member cities. Not sure if your membership is current? Contact Marybeth McGinnis,
  • Non-Member Cities:
    • Mayors: $375/person
    • Council members or other city representatives: $425/person
    • Learn more about membership HERE
  • NGO's: If you are with a non-governmental organization, such as a non-profit or academic institution, please contact for an invitation. 
  • Sponsors: Interested in sponsoring the Winter Meeting? Contact
Registration covers the cost of materials and all meals listed on the agenda. View our refund cancellation policy HERE



A room block has been reserved at the Hotel Monaco, 700 F St NW, directly across the street from the meeting, at a rate of $179/night plus tax. To book with our discounted rate, CLICK HERE, then click on 'Book Now' in the right corner, and enter check-in/check-out dates.



Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel. Reagan National Airport (DCA) is approximately 5 miles from the meeting.  From Reagan Airport, we recommend taking the metro. Take the yellow line towards Greenbelt and get off at Gallery Place (Chinatown). The hotel and meeting is a 1 block walk from the metro. Taxi and rideshare (Uber/Lyft) are also available.