The New School/Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment (New York City) Tenenbaum Leadership Fellowship program, 2009-10
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1983
University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Humphrey Fellow, M.P.A, 1983
St. John’s University, B.A., Government and Economics, magna cum laude, 1979
I went to law school because I aspired to public service, which I have sought to integrate into all of the roles I have had in the private sector, government, and in nonprofits. Each experience has broadened my perspective, deepened my knowledge, and built long-lasting relationships that allows me to make contributions in my current role.
I enjoy being part of a team which works together on major effort—a real estate development, a public policy initiative, a social enterprise—which requires integrating and balancing legal, policy, financial, and community perspectives. These efforts can foster public/private partnerships that enhance economic vitality and social well-being.
Outside of the office, volunteering is still very much a part of my life, and I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife, adult children, grandkids, and friends. We love running, biking and tennis, and enjoying the vibrancy, arts and culture of our Twin Cities community.
Practicing Real Estate Development & Transactions
Prior to joining the firm, I served for ten years as President and CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, one of the largest multi-social service and civic impact organization in Greater MSP, and as Executive Director of Breaking Ground , a New York City developer and operator of affordable housing.
I also served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, as Deputy Mayor and City Attorney of Saint Paul, and in private practice.
Provided leadership and project oversight for Dorothy Day Place in Saint Paul, a $100 million public/private partnership which provides homes, shelter, and services to over 1,000 people a day, and has won several awards, including “Project of the Year” from Finance and Commerce.
Provided leadership and project oversight for the “Exodus Project”, a $75 million public/private partnership that will provide homes and medical respite for over 200 people, a store-front clinic, and administrative offices for Catholic Charities adjacent to Elliot Park in Minneapolis.
Initiated and provided leadership to a nationally recognized public/private partnership to end long-term homelessness in Minnesota
Provided leadership to the state of Minnesota’s and the national response of housing finance agencies, to the “subprime mortgage crisis” by securing and providing prevention resources, aiding affected communities, and advising on state and federal legislative and regulatory interventions.
Served as general and special counsel to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including on public/private partnerships in education and economic development.
Represented public and private interests in negotiating and drafting Minnesota tax-exempt bond allocation, tax increment financing, housing, and other public finance legislation.
Lead negotiator on major electric and gas franchise agreements between a city and a public utility.
Represented public and private entities in negotiating environmental remediation and financial settlements involving major superfund sites.
Also experienced in
Advocacy & Lobbying
Honors & Awards
Colman J. Barry Award for Distinguished Contributions to Religion and Society
St. John’s University
St. John’s University Alumni Achievement Award for Class of 1979
Minnesota Supportive Housing Consortium
“Spurgeon” Award for Community Service
Indian Head Council of Boy Scouts
Associations & Memberships
Fairview Health Services
Member, Board of Directors
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Governance Transition Commission
National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington D.C.
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