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Jessica Yorko has served on the Lansing City Council since 2010, where she has protected public safety by bolstering funds for police and fire departments, enacting new policies to ensure safe walk-and-bikeways and supporting violence prevention initiatives. While in office, Jessica has backed dozens of development projects that created thousands of jobs and retained hundreds more. Jessica partners with grassroots organizations to enhance air and water quality and improve our neighborhoods, schools, parks and local business districts.
Jessica also serves as Ingham County's Health Equity and Social Justice Coordinator. She established the county's first-ever Environmental Justice initiatives, focused on reducing overall and racial gaps in asthma hospitalizations and lead poisoning cases, and improving climate-readiness and access to safe, healthy and affordable housing. While consulting with grassroots organizations, Jessica was a driving force behind Lansing's Complete Streets Ordinance and Walk and Bike! Lansing initiatives, which tripled bicycle commuting rates and cut bicycle and pedestrian accidents by 30%.
Jessica was a 2012 “Health Policy Champion” (Michigan Public Health Week). Other honors include “Best Environmentalist” (Lansing City Pulse, 2010), “Bicycle Advocate of the Year” (League of Michigan Bicyclists, 2010) and “Top 10 Over the Next 10” (Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2008). Jessica is a graduate of Kalamazoo College in economics and environmental studies. She lives in Downtown Lansing with her husband, son and stepson.