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Jessica Yorko

Fourth Ward Council Member

2016 Council Vice President

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 backed 32 development projects that created 1,414 new jobs and retained another 600. She has improved quality of life in Lansing by partnering with grassroots organizations to enhance our air and water quality and to improve our neighborhoods, schools, parks and local business districts.

Jessica has served as Ingham County’s Environmental Justice Coordinator since 2011, creating equitable access to environmental benefits and protections across race, income, age, ability and other forms of difference. Jessica previously consulted to environmental organizations through her small business, Sustainable Solutions. She formed and chaired the Lansing Walk and Bike Task Force and coordinated collection of 5,000 signatures to advance the adoption of Lansing’s Complete Streets policy. Jessica served as Manager of Lansing’s Westside Commercial Association for five years, and continues to volunteer with WCA and assist with projects that create prosperous and enjoyable business and residential areas along Saginaw Street in Lansing. She has served on numerous boards, committees, coalitions and work groups, listed below.

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 is also the mother of the very kind, smart and fun 10-year old Nicholas Yorko. Both Jessica and Nick enjoy making art, playing soccer, and walking, biking, camping and most other outdoor adventures.

Full resume at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicayorko

Boards, Committees, Commissions and 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 & 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)
  • 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 and Boards:

In 2016 Council Member Yorko serves on the following Committees and Boards:

  • Committee of the Whole - Vice Chairperson
  • Committee on Personnel - Chairperson
  • Committee on Development & Planning - Vice Chairperson
  • Downtown Lansing, Inc.
  • Planning Board
  • Tri-County on Aging Consortium Board

City Council Office: (517) 483-4180
City Council Fax: (517) 483-7630
Email: jessica@lansingsfourthward.com; jessica.yorko@lansingmi.gov
Website: www.lansingsfourthward.com

Term Expires: 12/31/2017

Sherrie Boak
Office Manager
Lansing City Council
124 W Michigan Ave.
10th Floor City Hall
Lansing , MI 48933
Ph: 517-483-4177
Fax: 517-483-7630

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.