|Address||1615 Wirt St. |
Omaha, Nebraska 68110, United States
|| October 03, 1955
Feb 17, 2012 04:58pm
|Info||Brenda Council was chief labor counsel for Union Pacific Railroad until joining the corporate department of the Kutak Rock law firm in Omaha last fall. Prior to joining Union Pacific in 1980, she handled unfair labor practice charges as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Kansas City, Kan. |
Council was elected to the Omaha Board of Education in 1982, subsequently serving two terms as vice president and four terms as president. She chaired the Governor's Task Force on Excellence in Education in 1983 and was western regional president of the National Caucus of Black School Board Members.
Council left the school board in 1993, following her election to the Omaha City Council. She chaired the council's solid waste and keno lottery committees as well as serving the enterprise zone committee. In 1994, Council ran a strong race for mayor, garnering more than 43 percent of the votes; in 1997 she fell 735 votes short of capturing the mayor's seat.
Council has earned numerous awards and honors including the Urban League of Nebraska's National Prominence Award, selection as the Nebraska Outstanding Young Woman, the Teachers College Alumni Award of Excellence, the African American award of the Western Heritage Museum and installation as the 62nd Face on the Floor of the Omaha Press Club.