Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board

Type: Board

Meeting Frequency: First Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, EOC Room

Contact: Angie O'Brien, (540) 853-5309; [email protected]

Members: Seven (7); (*) Denotes non-City resident 

MembersTerm of OfficeEligible for Reappointment
Council Member Bestpitch

Vice-Mayor White-Boyd

Dr. William L. Lee12/31/23Yes
Jerel Rhodes12/31/23Yes
Elda Stanco Downey12/31/23Yes
Peter Wonson12/31/23Yes
Angela S. Penn12/31/23Yes
Patice Holland*12/31/23Yes
Kathy Cohen*12/31/23Yes


Ordinance No. 41799-070620; Amended Ordinance No. 41812-072020; Amended Ordinance No. 41839-081720

The purpose and responsibility of the Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board shall be as follows: 

(1) Review the priorities for Interwoven Equity in Plan 2040 and any subsequent city comprehensive plan; 

(2) Develop proposed plans for the implementation of policies and actions identified for each priority set forth in the Interwoven Equity in City Plan 2040; and 

(3) Review all existing city policies ordinances and regulations and recommend to city council changes in such policies ordinances or regulations to eliminate the city of any policies or procedures that promote inequality or limit empowerment.  

Appointment and Terms of Members

Members of the Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board shall be appointed by City Council. Members of City Council shall serve only during their respective terms of office. All other members shall serve for terms of three (3) years. Members of the Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board other than members who are also members of City Council, shall be subject to the limitation on terms set forth in Section 2-281.1. 

For more information contact the City Clerk's office, (540) 853-2541.