Elizabeth Glidden is a public policy professional and lawyer with over 25 years of experience. Elizabeth is the Director of Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives for the Minnesota Housing Partnership, working on housing policy at the federal, state, and local levels.
Elizabeth was elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2005, serving as a councilmember for the Eighth Ward through 2017 and as Council Vice President from 2013-17. During her Council tenure, Elizabeth focused on transformational public policy change including authoring Minneapolis' paid sick time law (first in the State of Minnesota), implementing ranked-choice voting election reform (Minneapolis was the first city in the state to do so), creating Minneapolis' first-in-the-nation Clean Energy Partnership with energy utilities, and directing City efforts on race equity plans and policies. Elizabeth also served as Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, a position that lobbies for the city at the State Capitol, and Chair of the Committee of the Whole, overseeing enterprise-wide policy and program matters at the City.
Prior to her service on the City Council, Elizabeth represented individuals as an employment and civil rights lawyer at Hedin, Goldberg & Glidden P.A. for over 10 years; today she continues to assist asylum applicants as a long-time volunteer for The Advocates for Human Rights.
Elizabeth is a 2013 Bush Fellow, focused on race-conscious leadership development for local elected officials. She is also a 2011 recipient of the Equal Justice Award from the Council on Crime and Justice and a 2004 American Marshall Memorial Fellow.