Housing Council

The Housing Council is a group of 30 to 40 private and non-profit housing development, design, finance industry leaders, and service providers who are invited to examine best practices that support a full range of housing choices in connected livable places including market rate and affordable rental, ownership and unique, specialized residential options such as artist lofts, accessory dwellings and micro units.

The ULI MN Housing Council meets for two half-day sessions per year. Each session includes guest speakers and an opportunity to share best practices, case studies, roundtable discussion and often off-site private tours. Participation is intended to be active and candid, sharing specific detailed information and experience from both members and presenters. All information must be kept confidential.

Housing Council Co-chairs

Colleen Carey, The Cornerstone Group
Paul Mellblom, MSR Design

Participation Benefits

  • Provide an avenue for all members to experience the special value of a ULI Product Council, particularly those that are unable to regularly attend the National Conferences or participate at the Full Membership level.
  • Be part of a unique gathering of peers to gain valuable information and participate in a candid exchange regarding lessons learned focused on regional projects that demonstrate state-of-the-art, innovative housing development and community building.
  • Share insights on projects to more fully understand the challenges, opportunities, and solutions that are responsive to shifting demographics, market preferences and industry changes.
  • Expand your professional knowledge where varied perspectives will be shared on housing as a driver of economic prosperity, healthy living, and placemaking.
  • Engage in dialogues on a specific industry focus that outlines the major issues related to successfully incorporating a full range of housing choices within connected livable communities across our region and integrating environment, social and economic dynamics.

Membership

The Housing Council principally consists of housing industry leaders; developers, financiers, designers, funders and service providers. This includes private and non-profit developers, finance entities such as banks, syndicators and public funding agencies, designers and urban planning professionals. Two spots are reserved for Young Leader Members (under the age of 35) and two spots reserved for ex-officio members (recently retired).

  • Invitation-only council made up of industry leaders; developers, financiers, designers, funders and service providers.
  • ULI MN membership is required. If you are not a member and are interested in participating on this council, click here to join.
  • Housing Council affiliation dues are $200 per year.
  • Membership is a two year commitment to attend three out of four council sessions. Participants are allowed only one excused absence during a two year term.
  • Participation is intended to be active and candid, sharing specific detailed information and experience from both members and presenters. There is a high expectation for participation and contribution by all members
  • All information must be kept confidential.

Housing Council Members

Sean Sweeney

Founder/Principal
Hayes Harlow
Minneapolis
United States

Beth Reetz

Director of Community Development
Metropolitan Council
Saint Paul
United States

Owen Metz

Vice President & Project Partner
Dominium
Plymouth
United States

Mark Nelson

Senior Vice President
United Properties
Minneapolis
United States

Robert E. Engstrom

President
Robert Engstrom Companies
Minneapolis
United States

Caren Dewar

Executive Director
ULI Minnesota
Minneapolis
United States

Gina Dingman

President
NAI Everest
Minneapolis
United States

Jeffrey Schoeneck

Principal
Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Saint Paul
United States

Julie Murray

Chief Business Development Officer & SVP Sales and Marketing
Ecumen
Shoreview
United States

Bill Beard

Principal
The Beard Group, Inc
Hopkins
United States

Amy McCulloch

Deputy Director
Twin Cities LISC
Saint Paul
United States

Robyn Bipes-Timm

Vice President
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Saint Paul
United States

Chris Wilson

Director of Housing Development
Project for Pride in Living, Inc.
Minneapolis
United States

Meghan Elliott

President
PVN - Preservation Design Works
Minneapolis
United States

Thomas Stanberry

Executive Vice President of Real Estate
CommonBond Communities
Saint Paul
United States

Alex Atherton

Senior Associate - Private Equity Real Estate
Thrivent Financial
Brooklyn Park
United States

Aubrey Austin

Director
ULI Minnesota
Minneapolis
United States

Barbara Sporlein

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
Saint Paul
United States

Chris Palkowitsch

Project Architect
BKV Group
Eagan
United States

Anne Mavity

Council Member Ward 2
City of St. Louis Park
St Louis Park
United States

Terri Cermak

President
Cermak Rhoades Architects
Saint Paul
United States

Eric Muschler

Program Officer
The McKnight Foundation
Minneapolis
United States

Maureen Michalski

Director of Development
Schafer Richardson
Minneapolis
United States

Jay Jensen

Shelter Corporation
Hopkins
United States

Paul C. N. Mellblom

Principal
MSR Design
Minneapolis
United States

Ellen K. Sahli

President
Family Housing Fund
Minneapolis
United States

Eden Spencer

Director of Single Family Housing
Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation
Minneapolis
United States

Jason Aarsvold

City of Brooklyn Park
Roseville
United States

Robb Bader

Vice President
Bader Development
Minneapolis
United States

Nawal Noor

President
Noor Development Group LLC
Minneapolis
United States

Cathy Bennett

Consultant, Regional Council of Mayors Housing Initiative
ULI Minnesota
Minneapolis
United States

JeriLynn Young

Vice President
US Bank
Minneapolis
United States

Randall Schold

Co-President
MetroPlains, LLC
Minneapolis
United States

Heidi Zimmer

Senior Vice President/Property Development
ArtSpace
Minneapolis
United States

Colleen M. Carey

President
The Cornerstone Group
Minneapolis
United States