City of Golden Valley Equity Task Force

In 2017, the City of Golden Valley’s management team participated in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) program, resulting in the creation of a City equity plan. The plan was approved by the City Council in January 2018 and since then the City has made strides to implement the plan. Inspired by the phrase, "a rising tide lifts all boats," the City's equity plan will be called GV Rising TIDES, standing for Trust, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice. The Rising TIDES Task Force was created to develop action items and implement strategies for specific goals within the plan.

GV Rising TIDES Task Force

The Task Force began meeting monthly in January 2019 to focus on ways to:

  • diversify employee recruitment
  • ensure equity in City programming, services, and facilities
  • communicate the equity plan to community members
  • increase diversity in City boards/commissions, advisory groups, and elected officials
  • eliminate potential biases when reviewing City contracts and RFPs
  • review community outreach and education initiatives


Current Task Force Members

  • Amber Alexander
  • Joelle Allen
  • Sheri Hixon
  • Fartun Hussein
  • Melissa Johnson
  • Alexander Moreno
  • Ruth Paradise
  • Sam Powers
  • Ajani Woodson
  • Brad Taylor-White
  • Myat Thanda Tun

Staff Liaison

  • Kirsten Santelices, Human Resources Director

GV Rising TIDES Meetings

  • When: 5:15 pm, second Tuesday of each month (unless other notice is given)
  • Where: City Hall Council Conference Room, Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road (unless otherwise noted)

Virtual Meetings During COVID-19 Outbreak

While in a local emergency under Minnesota Statute, section 12.37, the Golden Valley Rising TIDES Task Force will conduct its meetings virtually via Cisco Webex.

  • To monitor the meeting on Webex, call 1-415-655-0001 and enter meeting code 133 659 0690.
  • For technical assistance, contact the City at 763-593-8007 or
  • If you incur costs calling in to the meeting, you may submit the costs to the City for reimbursement consideration.
  • Our top priority is maintaining the health and safety of our residents, staff, and the Golden Valley community. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the COVID-19 page on the City website will have updated information about the status of closures, cancellations, and changes.

Minutes & Agendas

Minutes and agendas are posted here as soon as they become available. Minutes remain subject to approval at the next Rising Tides meeting.

2021 Meetings

  • Jan 12 Agenda | Minutes
  • Feb 9 Agenda | Minutes
  • March 9 Agenda | Minutes
  • April 13 Agenda | Minutes
  • May 11 Agenda | Minutes
  • May 26 Agenda | Minutes (8 am start time) (Virtual meeting instructions posted above.)
  • July 13 Agenda | Minutes
  • Aug 10 Agenda | Minutes


Meeting Archive

View past years' Rising TIDES Agendas and Rising TIDES Minutes in the City's online document center.