Council members & districts

Jon Commers

Metropolitan Council Member, District 14

Jon Commers was appointed to the Metropolitan Council by Gov. Mark Dayton in March 2011, and reappointed in 2015. Commers lives in Saint Paul, and represents District 14, which includes the area of St. Paul west of Interstate 35E.

Commers is the principal of St. Paul-based Donjek Incorporated, a consulting business he founded in 2007, that provides financial and policy analysis for public, private, and nonprofit clients. Previously, he worked in the municipal finance and policy fields in the private and nonprofit sectors. Commers is an adjunct instructor of urban studies at the University of Minnesota, and previously taught economics at the College of St. Catherine.

As a Council member, Commers chairs the Land Use Advisory Committee and the Investment Review Committee, and serves as vice chair of the Community Development Committee, and is a member of the Transportation Committee.

“My priority at the Council is to create policy that increases the livability, energy security, economic strength, and access for the region as a whole,” Commers said.

Commers  served on the St. Paul Planning Commission between 2006 and 2011, including time serving as its chair and vice chair. He was a policy fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and has served on numerous boards of directors for community organizations in the region.

Commers received his bachelor’s degree in history and political economy from Carleton College in Northfield. He has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, Beth, and their three children.

To contact Commers, you may call 651.645.4644, or e-mail