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Governor Walz Convenes First Meeting of the One Minnesota Council for Inclusion and Equity

9/5/2019 2:52:10 PM

[ST. PAUL] – Yesterday, Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan convened the first meeting of the One Minnesota Council for Inclusion and Equity. The Council was established by Executive Order 19-01 to address diversity, inclusion, and equity in State government practices.

“I am committed to the values of One Minnesota at every level of state government,” said Governor Walz. “The Council exists to help ensure every action by our administration is done through the lens of One Minnesota. Disparities in Minnesota, including those based on race, geography, and economic status, are unacceptable. We must work every day so that every person who lives in our state can reach their full potential.”

“One Minnesota does not mean that we are all the same, but rather that we work across difference to improve the lives of everyone,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Centering the people who are most affected by the decisions we make every day in state government is key to the mission of the Council. I look forward to working with the Council to tackle tough issues and move forward together.”

The members of the One Minnesota Council for Inclusion and Equity are:

  • Chris Taylor, Chief Inclusion Officer, Office of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, and Chair of the Council on behalf of the Governor
  • Migdalia Loyola, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Engagement, Office of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, and Vice Chair of the Council
  • Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis, Dept. of Administration
  • Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, Dept. of Human Rights
  • Commissioner Jennifer Ho, MN Housing 
  • Commissioner John Harrington, Dept. of Public Safety
  • Commissioner Steve Grove, Dept. of Employment and Economic Development
  • General Jon Jensen, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
  • Commissioner Tarek Tomes, MNIT
  • Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly, Dept. of Revenue
  • Commissioner Laura Bishop, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, Dept. of Education
  • Commissioner Dennis Olson, Jr., Office of Higher Education
  • Commissioner Myron Frans, Minnesota Management and Budget
  • Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Dept. of Health
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