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Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues (C.M.A.L.)

The Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues (CMAL) is an Inter-League Organization made up of all of the local LWVs in the seven-county Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. This ILO was founded over 50 years ago to educate metro area LWVs and the general public on issues and concerns specific to the Twin Cities region. The goal is to to increase knowledge and effectiveness of all League members and the public to address governmental issues and problems. Through lobbying and advocacy, CMAL helped to pass the groundbreaking revenue-sharing law known as “Fiscal Disparities” in 1971.  CMAL also supported the coordinated services provided by the fledgling Metropolitan Council.  

CMAL meets quarterly on Saturday mornings from October through May at different venues around the Twin Cities area. These meetings are open to the public.Recent meeting topics have included:  transportation, regional parks, public financing of education, and the future of affordable housing, among others.


Officers and Board of Directors

  • Karen Schaffer (LWV Roseville/Maplewood/Falcon Heights)
  • Susan Anderson (LWV Anoka/Blaine/Coon Rapids)
  • Lynn Gitelis (LWV Golden Valley)
  • Liz Lauder (LWV White Bear Lake Area)
  • Geneva MacMillan (Ex Officio) (LWV Minnetonka/Eden Prairie/Hopkins)


    • 7 County Metro Area
    • Minneapolis
    • St. Paul
    • Blooomington
    • Anoka


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