Steering Committees
As a member based organization, we know our work is most impactful when it is informed and guided by members - the local elected officials across the country working with communities to drive change.

About our
steering committees

Our issue steering committees guide and drive our programmatic work in key issue areas. Bringing a diverse range of expertise and local experience from their work, elected officials from the network help shape an organizational approach.

WHY JOIN?

Steering committees are an invaluable way for Local Progress members to shape and influence the work of the network. Not only is it an opportunity to help create the collective vision of what it means to govern as a progressive, it can also help you build your own skills and leadership. 

As a part of a steering committee, you can sharpen your issue expertise through strategic, big picture visioning and deep collaboration with elected officials from across the country – helping to apply your own leadership and build your profile through the public work of the committee. You’ll also offer strategic guidance on strategic opportunities for the organization and offer ideas and suggestions for programming for the full network.

If you’re interested in joining, you can read more about the commitment, responsibilities, and how to apply below!

Meet Our
Steering CommitteeS

We currently have two active steering committees:

HOUSING

Housing is an essential need. Across the country, localities are working to advance renter protections and increase affordable housing.

Steering Committee members:

  • Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Councilmember 
  • Jeremiah Ellison, Minneapolis City Council Member
  • Vanessa Fuentes, Austin City Council Member
  • Jamie Gauthier,  Philadelphia Councilmember 
  • Michele Hirsch, Kingston Alderwoman
  • Teresa Mosqueda, Seattle City Councilmember 
  • Elissa Silverman, DC City Councilmember 
  • Colby Sledge, Nashville Metropolitan Councilmember
  • Kim Smith, Rochester City Councilmember

Public safety

Everyone deserves to feel and be safe. Across the country, localities can build real safety by investing in communities and addressing the root causes of instability

Steering Committee members:

  • Kendra Brooks, Philadelphia City Councilmember
  • Tiffany Cabán, New York City Councilmember
  • Sharmarke Dubow, Victoria Councillor
  • Carlos Garcia, Phoenix Vice Mayor
  • Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland City Commissioner
  • Will Jawando, Montgomery County Councilmember
  • Mary Lupien, Rochester City Council Vice President
  • Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, Chicago Alderperson
  • Arti Walker-Peddakotla, Oak Park Village Trustee
  • Monica Wilson, Antioch Councilmember

APPLY TO JOIN AN ISSUE STEERING COMMITTEE

If you’re interested in joining a steering committee, you can apply here! 

Before applying, please make sure you are able to commit to the following: 

  • Attend virtual meetings, which are usually monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly.
  • Respond to email updates from LP staff sharing the latest on the network’s work and requesting advice on any strategic questions 
  • Embody and communicate the issue work of Local Progress in spaces with other LP members and external audiences such as in media interviews
  • As needed, represent the work of LP at conferences, in funder meetings and in other stakeholder spaces.

 

After you apply, the LP team will get in touch with you about next steps!

Interested In Getting Involved?

There are lots of other ways to get involved in Local Progress! 

Reach out to us to let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll point you in the right direction!