The City of Lynnwood is a member of GARE: Government Alliance on Race and Equity, which is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.
Our Lynnwood GARE team consists of twelve employees that represent every City Department, various levels of the organization, and come from diverse backgrounds. Beginning in 2019, our team participated in an 8-month learning cohort from the Northwest, attending monthly sessions focused on building skills and strategies for the implementation of equitable government practices. The team has adopted the name Team REAL (Racial Equity Advancing Lynnwood) and learned effective approaches for building the capacity of government to eliminate institutional and structural racism and advance racial equity. There are representatives from Human Resources, Lynnwood Police Department, Public Works, Finance, Executive Office, Community Development, Parks & Recreation, and Information Technology.
The work of Team REAL continues as we begin to apply their anti-racist learnings to policies, procedures, and projects in Lynnwood. We are changing our systems and institutions, so all residents of Lynnwood have equal opportunities to thrive.