Jessica Yorko  
City Council
Title: 4th Ward Council Member
Phone: 517-483-4190
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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.


Full resume at LinkedIn

Boards, Committees, Commissions & Coalitions

  • Lansing City Council 4th Ward Representative (2010-present)
  • Chair and Member of Public Services Committee (2010-2012)
  • Member and Vice-Chair of Development and Planning Committee (2010-2011)
  • Member of Public Safety Committee (2010)
  • Member of Personnel Committee (2010-2011)
  • Member of Intergovernmental Relations Committee (2010-present)
  • Member of Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (2010-2012)
  • Member of Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority Board (2010-2011)
  • Advisory Board Member of Downtown Lansing Inc. (2010-present)
  • Member of General Services Committee (present)
  • Lansing's Westside Commercial Association Organization Committee (2012-present)
  • MI Air MI Health Coalition Steering Committee (2012-present)
  • Mid-Michigan Food System Workgroup Everybody Eats/Todo el Mundo Come Food Justice Conference Planning
  • Committee and Marking and Outreach Committee (2012-present)
  • Mid-Michigan Asthma Coalition (2011-present; 2013 Chairperson)
  • Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (2011-present)
  • Mid-Michigan Transportation Coalition (2011-present)
  • Power of We Consortium Ad-Hoc Transportation Equity Workgroup (2011-present)
  • City of Lansing Public Service Board (2008 - 2010)
  • Lansing Walking and Bicycling Task Force Co-Chair (2006 - present, Co-Chair 2006-2010)
  • Ingham County Land Use and Health Resource Team (2005 - present)
  • Mayor’s Transition Team on the Environment (2005 - 2006)
  • Northwest Lansing Food Security Committee (2004 - 2006)
  • Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council Board (2002-2005)

Education

  • Kalamazoo College, B.A., Economics, Business, Environmental Studies, 1996 - 2000
  • Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Clermont-Ferrand, Business, Marketing and French, 1998 - 1999
  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Certification in Fund Raising Management, Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, 2005 - present

Committees & Boards

In 2017 Council Member Yorko serves on the following Committees and Boards: 
  • Committee of the Whole - Member
  • Committee on Intergovernmental Relations - Chairperson
  • Committee on Development & Planning - Vice Chairperson
  • Ad Hoc on Housing- PENDING
  • Downtown Lansing, Inc.
  • Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Planning Board
  • Tri County on Aging Consortium Board
 

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