Livable Communities Advisory Committee

There are four open seats on LCAC with two-year terms beginning July 2022. Priority deadline is May 6, 2022. See open positions and how to apply.

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

 

Appointment

      Member

Chair
  • Mayor Marylee Abrams — City of Maplewood
Local government — Planning, economic or community development (two members)
  • Meg Beekman — Community Development Director, City of Brooklyn Center
  • PeggySue Imihy Bean — Management Analyst, City of Hopkins
Development finance — One private finance member, one public finance member 
 
  • Elise Durbin, Community and Economic Development Director at the Carver County CDA
  • Miranda Walker — Senior Loan Officer, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
Development — Equitable development strategies, new development, redevelopment
 
  • Renee Spillum - Director Of Real Estate Development, University of Minnesota Foundation Real Estate Advisors
  • Jamie Thelen – CEO, Sand Companies
TransportationDevelopment relationship, transportation specialty, multimodal transportation (two members)
 
  • Jacqueline Corkle – Director of Transportation, WSB Associates
  • 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