Equity & Empowerment Advisory Board


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. 

MembersTerm of OfficeEligible for Reappointment
Council Member Bestpitch

Council Member 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 Cohen12/31/23Yes

(*) Denotes non-City Resident

For more information about this Advisory Board, click here.

The Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board meeting is a public meeting.   Due to current limitations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic disaster and the local State of Emergency, this meeting will be conducted by electronic communication means.  The Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board will meet without a quorum physically present in one location and City staff will coordinate this public meeting remotely.  Citizens interested in viewing this meeting may do so by following the meeting on Facebook Live, where it will be streamed.  Please be aware that this meeting is not a public hearing.

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Equity and Empowerment Board has determined that temporary changes are necessary. Board Members will meet via electronic means and members of the community wishing to address the Board during Hearing of Citizens upon Public Matters are required to participate virtually or via email by contacting the Office of Community Engagement at tiffany.bradbury@roanokeva.gov and 540-853-6428 by 12:00 p.m., on January 7.

Equity & Empowerment Advisory Board Agendas

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