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Hodges announces transition committee

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: November 21, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges announced her transition advisory committee on Thursday morning.

It includes several supporters of her campaign, in addition to other prominent Twin Cities voices. Among the names are Target executive vice president John Griffith (a major player behind the Vikings stadium), Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation President Bill McCarthy (who fought hard for Hodges' opponent Mark Andrew), sustainable agriculture advocate Megan O'Hara (Mayor R.T. Rybak's wife) and executive director of the Northside Achievement Zone Sondra Samuels (Council Member Don Samuels' wife).

The committee will advise Hodges on her first ten days in office, which includes ceremonial events and a "tour through the neighborhoods of Minneapolis," according to a news release.

Here is the full list:

(Chair) Laura Waterman Wittstock – President and CEO, Wittstock & Associates, Author

Alfred Babington-Johnson – President and CEO, Stairstep Initiative Companies

Anthony Newby – Executive Director, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

Bill McCarthy – President, Minneapolis Regional Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Daniel Yang – Director of Organizing and Community Building, Native American Community Development Institute

David A. Wilson – Managing Director, Accenture Minneapolis

Frank Brown – Co-Chair, DFL African American Caucus

Greg Hestness – Assistant Vice President of Public Safety and Chief of Police, University of Minnesota

John Griffith – Executive Vice President of Property Development, Target Corporation

Julie Ristau – Co-Director, On the Commons & Co-Chair, Homegrown Minneapolis

Ken Rogers – Chair, Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People Living with Disabilities

Kyle Makarios – Director of Government Affairs, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

Larry Redmond – Principal, Redmond Associates, Inc.

Majdi Wadi – CEO, Holy Land

Margot Imdieke Cross – Accessibility Specialist, Minnesota State Council on Disability

Megan O’Hara – Youth Outdoor Employment Director, Wilderness Inquiry; Senior Fellow Endowed Chair, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Michelle Dibblee – Organizing Director, OutFront Minnesota

Olga Viso – Director, Walker Art Center

Peter Bell – Former Chair, Metropolitan Council, Retired

Rabbi Michael Adam Latz – Senior Rabbi, Shir Tikvah

Sarah Harris – Managing Director, University of Minnesota Foundation Real Estate Advisors

Shay Berkowitz – Owner, ReGo Electric

Sheik Abdirahman Sharif – Imam, Masjid Dar Al-Hijrah

Shirley Nelson – Executive Director, Women Candidate Development Coalition

Sondra Samuels – President and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone

The Reverend Michele Morgan – Priest Associate, St. John’s Episcopal Church

Veronica Mendez – Organizer, CTUL

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