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The Partnership for Regional Opportunity Leadership Team meets at either the McKnight Foundation, 710 South Second Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401 OR the Metropolitan Council, 390 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101.

To view the full schedule of the Partnership for Regional Opportunity meetings, visit our Meetings page.

Our meetings archive page has archives of detailed agendas, meeting minutes and presentation materials.



Susan Haigh, Chair, Metropolitan Council

Lee Sheehy, Director, Region & Communities Program, the McKnight Foundation


Andriana Abariotes, Executive Director, Twin Cities LISC

Colleen Carey, President, The Cornerstone Group

Katie Clark Sieben, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

Jay Cowles, Member, The Itasca Project

Gary Cunningham, President and CEO, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)

Caren Dewar, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute of Minnesota

Chris Ferguson, Chair, Central Corridor Business Resources Collaborative (BRC)

Debbie Goettel, Mayor, City of Richfield; Representative of the Regional Council of Mayors

Mary Hamann-Roland, Mayor, Apple Valley; Representative, Livable Communities Advisory Committee

Betsy Hodges, Mayor, City of Minneapolis

Louis King, President and CEO, Summit Academy OIC

Brian Lamb, General Manager, Metro Transit

Michael Langley, CEO, Greater MSP

Jim McDonough, Commissioner, Ramsey County

Laurie McGinnis, Director, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota; Ex Officio, Data and Evaluation Team

Peter McLaughlin, Commissioner, Hennepin County; Chair, Counties Transit Improvement Board

Repa Mekha, Executive Director, Nexus Community Partners; Representative, Community Engagement Team

Ann Mulholland, Vice President, Grants and Programs, The Saint Paul Foundation

Sandra Oakes, President and CEO, Twin Cities Community Land Bank

Jim Roth, Executive Director, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers

Elizabeth Ryan, Vice President, Family Housing Fund

Jonathan Sage-Martinson, Planning & Economic Development Director, City of St Paul

Mihailo “Mike” Temali, President and CEO, Neighborhood Development Center

Dai Thao, Council Member Ward 1, City of St. Paul

Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing

Paul Williams, Executive Director, Project for Pride in Living

Charlie Zelle, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)


For more information, contact:

Mary Kay Bailey, Project Director, Corridors of Opportunity/Living Cities Integration Initiative, The Saint Paul Foundation, 651.325.4234

Nora Riemenschneider, Project Coordinator, Corridors of Opportunity, The Metropolitan Council, 651.602.1361


Policy Board Co-Chairs

Policy Board Members


1. Ensure the quality implementation of Corridors of Opportunity vision and goals, particularly including active community engagement and outreach.

2. Establish strategic direction and core principles, then authorize staff to prepare and implement action plans to carry out the work.

3. Deliberate on tough strategic policy issues.

4. Participate with a spirit of innovation and solution-driven action. Connect the dots across the region, crossing both jurisdictional boundaries and programmatic silos and bring other public, private, non-profit and voluntary leaders into the conversation.

5. Bring together the resources of the organizations represented on the Policy Board to support the implementation of the Corridors of Opportunity vision.

6. Be willing to undertake systems redesign, both collectively and within each participating organization’s individual programs and policies.