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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has formed three external work groups focused on developing recommendations responsive to his administration’s transition priorities. The three groups will be dedicated to the new government structure, inclusive economic recovery, and community safety strategies and reform. During the transition period to Mayor Frey’s second term, the work groups will meet regularly and deliver a series of recommendations. 

Government structure work group 

The government structure work group will provide recommendations for establishing a more effective, accountable and accessible government under the new structure. The work group will be co-chaired by Kathleen O’Brien and JJ Haywood. O’Brien served for eight years as the City Council member for Minneapolis’ Ward 2 and another eight years as the Minneapolis city coordinator and held leadership roles at the University of Minnesota. After earning her master’s degree in public policy, Haywood spent 10 years managing business operations in college and universities on the East Coast, and is the chief executive officer at Pizza Lucé. 

The government structure work group will deliver its recommendations to Mayor Frey in early 2022. 

Find more details about the government structure work group including a list of members on the City website

Economic recovery work group 

The economic recovery advisory work group will be co-chaired by PJ Hill and Adam Duininck. Hill is a Minneapolis native and graduate of North Community High School. Hill is an accomplished financial advisor and entrepreneur and is the vice president of the Minneapolis NAACP chapter. Duininck is the director of Government Affairs for North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters (NCSRCC) and served on the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities for more than six years, nearly half that time as chair. 

The economic recovery advisory work group will deliver its recommendations to Mayor Frey early in 2022. 

Find more details about the economic recovery work group including a list of members on the City website

Community safety work group 

The community safety work group will focus on developing public safety and accountability recommendations and features participants with a sweeping range of perspectives, expertise and lived experience. It will begin meeting the week of Dec. 13. 

The work group will be co-chaired by Nekima Levy Armstrong and Rev. Dr. DeWayne Davis. Levy Armstrong is a nationally recognized expert, award-winning attorney and Minneapolis civil rights activist. She has previously served as the president of the NAACP Minneapolis Chapter and taught for 13 years as a law professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School. She is the founder of the Racial Justice Network, the executive director of the Wayfinder Foundation and co-owner of Black Pearl, LLC, a Minneapolis-based firm. 

Davis is the lead minister for the Plymouth Congregational Church. He has a B.A. in economics and philosophy from Howard University, an M.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a doctor of ministry degree in preaching from Luther Seminary. Davis has also served as a senior legislative and policy assistant to several members of the U.S. Congress, a federal relations director with Sallie Mae and in a variety of capacities in the nonprofit sector. 

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