Livable Communities Advisory Committee


The Livable Communities Advisory Committee (LCAC) reviews and recommends funding awards to the Metropolitan Council under the Livable Communities Demonstration Account and Transit Oriented Development grant categories. This is a 15-member technical review group with broad expertise that reviews complex development and redevelopment proposals against the program's criteria for connected development patterns that link housing, jobs, and services. The committee typically meets Thursday mornings from August through October.

 LCAC members and affiliations




  • Mayor Marylee Abrams — City of Maplewood
Local government — Planning, economic or community development (two members)
  • PeggySue Imihy Bean — Management Analyst, City of Hopkins
Development finance — One private finance member, one public finance member 
  • Jim Terrell — President & COO, Fortis Capital
  • Miranda Walker — Senior Loan Officer, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
Development — Equitable development strategies, new development, redevelopment
  • Alondra Cano - Director of Cultural Innovation and the Creative Economy, LISC
  • Kou Vang – CEO, JB Vang
TransportationDevelopment relationship, transportation specialty, multimodal transportation (two members)
  • Samantha McKinney – Senior Transportation Planner, TKDA
  • Darrell Washington – Transportation Program Supervisor, Office of Transit and Active Transportation, MnDOT
Environment - Integration of natural and water resources in development, climate mitigation and adaptation, environmental justice (two members)
  • Jen Kader – Senior Program Manager, Freshwater
  • Vanessa Perry – Planning Director, Minnesota DNR
Site design - Landscape architecture, land planning specialty, urban design, public space design (two members)
  • Bruce Chamberlain – Design Practice Leader, HKGi
  • Mauricio Ochoa – Project Architect, DJR Architecture, Inc.
Community engagement - Community organizing, arts-based engagement, engagement strategy (two members)
  • Josie Shardlow – Community Engagement Manager with City of Brooklyn Park
  • Mala Thao – Philanthropic Advisor at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation