Cedar Falls Racial Equity Task Force
Task Force Information
In February 2021, the Mayor requested the creation of a Task Force to provide guidance and recommendations to the City of Cedar Falls to address long-term challenges of racial equity in the city.
They were tasked with providing a final report to the Mayor and City Council that identifies specific problems and shortfalls by October 1. The final report was submitted on October 12 and formally presented to the council on November 1.
The Task Force shall also make formal recommendations for follow-on action, including policy and procedure change recommendations, and identification of ongoing efforts and resourcing needed to promote an inclusive and diverse community and to eliminate both real and perceived racial inequity in Cedar Falls.
The task force is scheduled to meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, at 4 PM, starting on April 28, 2021. These will be public meetings, held virtually via zoom.
Frank Darrah, Non-voting Chairperson of CFRETF & City Council member
Kelly Dunn, Vice Chair of CFRETF and City Council member
Eshaan Vajpeyi, Cedar Falls Human Rights Commission Vice Chairperson
Melissa Heston, Cedar Falls Human Rights Commission member
Community Task Force Members
Andy Pattee, Superintendent, Cedar Falls Community School District
Felicia Smith-Nalls, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, City of Waterloo
LaTanya Graves, President, Black Hawk County NAACP
Lisa Sesterhenn, Public Health Planner, Black Hawk County Health Dept
Paul Lee, City of Cedar Falls Civil Service Commission; Director of Children & Family Catechesis/Religious Education, Catholic Parishes of Waterloo
Wilfred “Mickye” Johnson, retired, UNI-CUE, Director of Classic Upward Bound
Will Frost, Director of Talent Development, Grow Cedar Valley
City Staff (non-voting)
Jennifer Rodenbeck, Director of Finance & Business Operations
Kevin Rogers, City Attorney
Craig Berte, Chief of Police
Katie Terhune, Administrative Assistant