Livable Communities Advisory Committee

The Livable Communities Advisory Committee (LCAC) reviews and recommends funding awards to the 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-October.

 LCAC members and affiliations




  • Mayor Marylee Abrams — City of Maplewood
Local government — Planning, economic or community development (two members)
  • Meg Beekman — City of Brooklyn Center, Community Development Director
  • Linnea Graffunder-Bartels — Senior Community Development Specialist, City of Oakdale
Development finance — One private finance member, one public finance member 
  • Elise Durbin, Community and Economic Development Director at the Carver County CDA
  • Miranda Walker — Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, Senior Loan Officer
Development — Equitable development strategies, new development, redevelopment
  • Renee Spillum, Project Manager/Commercial Realtor, Seward Redesign
  • Jamie Thelen – CEO, Sand Companies
TransportationDevelopment relationship, transportation specialty, multimodal transportation (two members)
  • Jacqueline Corkle – WSB Associates, Director of Transportation
  • Darrell Washington – MnDOT, Office of Transit and Active Transportation, Transportation Program Supervisor
Environment - Integration of natural and water resources in development, climate mitigation and adaptation, environmental justice (two members)
  • Jen Kader – Freshwater, Senior Program Manager  
  • Vanessa Perry – Planning Director, Minnesota DNR
Site design - Landscape architecture, land planning specialty, urban design, public space design (two members)
  • Bruce Chamberlain – Stanek, Principal
  • 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