Lisa Bender was elected to serve the 10th Ward on the Minneapolis City Council in 2013, earning the DFL's endorsement and beating an incumbent with 63% of the vote. Lisa has spent the past three years working with all of our neighbors to solve the day-to-day issues most important to constituents and to advance the progressive values of our community.
In her first term on the council, Lisa has been a stand-out and effective leader in creating a safe transportation system for all, expanding affordable housing choices, and fighting for workers protections and higher wages and supporting community and environmental health.
As your city council member, Lisa has an open door and a commitment to say yes to good ideas. She is collaborative, working with colleagues to find common ground, but never afraid to take a tough stance or a tough vote. Lisa's experience as a young cancer survivor gave her a tenacity and energy to stand for our community's values in the face of adversity. She does not give up.
Lisa's effectiveness as a city council member grows from more than a decade of work making cities more equitable and sustainable — from co-founding the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, to writing a plan for safer streets in San Francisco, to leading major change to help more kids walk and bicycle safely as the state of Minnesota's Safe Routes to School Coordinator. Lisa has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Spanish from the University of Minnesota and a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.
Lisa lives with her husband Ryan and their two daughters in the Lowry Hill East and is a proud parent volunteer in the Minneapolis Public Schools.