Washington, D.C. – The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) today announced the additions of Mayors Steve Benjamin of Columbia, SC, David Holt of Oklahoma City, OK, and Nan Whaley of Dayton, OH, to the organization’s Policy Council. The mayors will join a bipartisan group of leading experts and practitioners dedicated to advancing economic solutions on behalf of American workers, entrepreneurs, and communities. 

“Mayors Steve Benjamin, David Holt, and Nan Whaley are on the front lines of many of this nation’s most important economic challenges,” said  John Lettieri, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of EIG. “We are grateful to have their insights and expertise as we advance the work of the organization at a pivotal time in the country’s history.”

The EIG Policy Council consists of leaders who are committed to forging a more dynamic and inclusive economy that provides broader access to opportunity and economic mobility to all Americans. Members of the Policy Council help inform EIG’s research and policy agenda and engage on a wide array of the organization’s programs and activities. 

“Mayors time and again are showing national leadership on some of the most challenging economic issues, and Mayors Benjamin, Holt, and Whaley are at the forefront of that movement,” said Chris Slevin, Vice President of EIG

Mayor Benjamin stated, “EIG is a national leader in working to address many of the issues that matter most in cities like Columbia, from helping small businesses survive the economic crisis to providing new tools to support economic growth in underserved communities. I look forward to helping the organization continue its work on behalf of American workers, entrepreneurs, and communities.”

Mayor Holt stated, “Now more than ever, we must ensure that all Americans are connected to economic growth and opportunity. EIG understands this, and is committed to lifting up the voices of a diverse array of local leaders in the national policy debate. I am excited to bring insights from our work in Oklahoma City to the Policy Council.”

Mayor Whaley stated, “Covid-19 has exposed inequities that have existed for generations in cities across the country, and challenging times require innovative policy solutions. EIG has been a valuable partner to me as I have worked to build a better future for my city, and I am excited to work with them even more closely as a member of the Policy Council.”

EIG media contact: Cal Harris ([email protected])

About the Economic Innovation Group (EIG)

The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is an ideas laboratory and advocacy organization whose mission is to advance solutions that empower entrepreneurs and investors to forge a more dynamic American economy. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. and led by an experienced, bipartisan team, EIG convenes leading experts from the public and private sectors, develops original policy research, and works to advance creative legislative proposals that will bring new jobs, investment, and economic growth to communities across the nation. For more information, visit eig.org.


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