About Lisa Bender

The people of Minneapolis elected Lisa Bender to City Council in 2013. After her re-election in 2017, her fellow Council Members elected her Council President.

Council President Lisa Bender

She has a bachelor's degree in biology and Spanish from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She has over a decade of experience working to make cities more equitable and sustainable.

Prior to running for office, Lisa worked as a City Planner for the City of San Francisco, at the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

She also co-founded the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, an organization dedicated to making bicycling safer and more accessible for more people.

First Elected: 2013

Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Leadership Role: Council President

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Council Member Lisa Bender

Ward 10




City Hall, Room 307
350 S. Fifth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415