City of Birmingham Announces Core Leadership Team for Women’s Initiative
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Thirty-three women have been selected to serve on the inaugural core leadership team for the Women’s Initiative. The Office of PEACE and Policy established the Women’s Initiative at the direction of Mayor Randall L. Woodfin to improve the lives of women and children in Birmingham.
The core leadership team will work with the city’s Division of Social Justice and Racial Equity to address community issues such as poverty, healthcare, domestic violence and police relations. The core will assess, identify and share best practices in order to make recommendations to Mayor Woodfin.
“The City of Birmingham is committed to creating opportunities to elevate the quality of life and justice for all women and girls,” Mayor Woodfin said. “I am excited and confident that through the work of the Women’s Initiative core leadership team, we will be able to work together as a community to make a difference in the lives of all women and girls.”
The core leadership team selection process was based on the applicant’s desire to perform servant leadership and public service while also providing strategic and thoughtful decisions. This group consists of young women, nonprofit youth representatives, elected officials and community members representing the following groups: African American, American Indian, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Disability, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and White.
“Having a diverse group of women representing the Women’s Initiative core leadership team plays a vital role in ensuring that we solve issues with an equitable lens,” said Uche Bean, administrator of the Division of Social Justice and Racial Equity. “We look forward to working closely with this team to begin the much-needed work to ignite change.”
The individuals selected to serve are:
Averie L. Armstead, Esq.
Bridget Rudolph Roscoe
Debra Pettit Bruns
Jacqueline Joyce Cockrell
Kristie Marie Williams, PhD
|Kristin E. Garrett
Lonnie Finley Pressley
Miya Angele Moore
Tynice Shavon Smiley