SEATTLE – Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) was appointed to the board of Local Progress, a national network of elected officials working in nearly 700 localities to help lead progressive change at the local level. Local Progress is a movement of local elected officials who work to advance a racial and economic justice agenda through all levels of local government. They have been on the leading edge of collective efforts to address building affordable housing, fighting for worker and immigrant rights, reimagining public safety, and promoting economic justice.
In 2019 Mosqueda was the first-ever recipient of the Local Progress ‘Ady Barkan Progressive Champion of the Year’ Award on July 26, 2019 – an award named after Ady Barkan, founder of Local Progress and a national healthcare for all leader, for her leadership on Seattle’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, as well as pushing for progressive housing policies, and corporate accountability.
“Local Progress has been a pillar of support for sharing policy strategies with local progressive elected officials across the country,” said Mosqueda. “Working families and vulnerable communities are stronger in Seattle and across our nation because of Local Progress’ involvement in shaping policy. Our work has been buoyed by their efforts and they are helping lead the way in affordable housing, worker protections, land use policy and zoning laws, renter protections and so many other areas.”
“With more than 1,100 members in 46 states, Local Progress members have worked hard to create progressive policy in cities, towns, and counties across the country,” said Local Progress Board Co-Chair and Durham City Councilmember Jillian Johnson. “I am excited to have Councilmember Mosqueda join our leadership team, which includes representation from all levels of local government — mayors, commissioners, councilmembers, school board members, and more — to help champion progressive policies that can inspire change across the nation.”
Mosqueda participated in her first Local Progress Board meeting on Monday via Zoom after serving for over four years of participating with Local Progress member meetings.