• 2016 CED Featured Keynote Speakers and Moderator

    Gary CunninghamGary L. Cunningham, president and CEO, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda)

    Gary L. Cunningham joined Meda as president and CEO in August 2014. Meda addresses racial economic inequities by fostering minority business development in Minnesota. Prior to joining Meda, Cunningham served as vice president and chief program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation and as president and CEO of NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center in Minneapolis. He also serves on multiple boards, including: African American Leadership Forum, Greater MSP, and Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities. Locally and nationally recognized throughout his career for his commitment to civil rights, education, and public policy, Cunningham earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government as a Bush Leadership Fellow.

    Eric JollyEric J. Jolly, Ph.D., president and CEO, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

    Eric J. Jolly, joined Minnesota Philanthropy Partners in 2015 after ten years as president of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Before that, Jolly served as vice president and senior scientist at the Education Development Center in Massachusetts. His career began with successive academic roles in several colleges and universities, including professor, dean, assistant chancellor, and director for affirmative action and diversity. Jolly serves on a number of local and national boards, including the Bush Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Widely recognized for his work with communities and policy makers, he has published articles and books and has lectured around the world about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Jolly has a doctorate in psychology and a master’s degree in psychometrics from the University of Oklahoma.

    Mary StuckyMary Stucky, executive director and lead journalist, Round Earth Media

    Mary Stucky is co-founder, executive director, and lead journalist at Round Earth Media, which is reclaiming international news. Using its unique partnership model, Round Earth Media is turning the lights back on, bringing vision and depth to lost international coverage. Round Earth Media won a 2014 Peabody Award, broadcast journalism's equivalent to a Pulitzer Prize. Prior to founding Round Earth Media, Stucky was a long-time contributor to national shows on public and commercial radio and TV. Her reports were part of the radio documentary series “Crossing East,” which won a 2006 Peabody Award. Stucky’s reporting awards also include the New York Festival’s Gold World Medal.

    Sandra VargasSandra L. Vargas, president and CEO, Minneapolis Foundation

    A champion of bringing people, resources and ideas together to spark positive change, Sandra Vargas has served as president and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, since 2007. Through its community grantmaking, leadership work, and collaborations, the foundation addresses critical issues to create a more vibrant and equitable community. Previously, Vargas served as Hennepin County administrator. A Bush Fellow, Vargas has received the “Outstanding Citizen” award from the Caux Round Table, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “Women in Business Award”, and Women Venture’s Pioneer Award. Vargas holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is active on local and national boards, including the Downtown Council and Hispanics in Philanthropy.

    Williams, PaulPaul D. Williams, president and CEO, Project for Pride in Living, Inc.

    Paul Williams is president and CEO of Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL), one of Minnesota’s premier multi-service community development organizations. A Saint Paul native, Paul brings an extensive background in affordable housing, economic development, education, community organizing and diversity/inclusiveness. Prior to coming to PPL, Paul served as Saint Paul’s deputy mayor, where he led a wide range of community initiatives and directed day-to-day city operations. He also spearheaded community development investments for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, first serving as executive director, and then as national senior vice president for field strategies. Paul has also served as a grant maker with the Minneapolis and Saint Paul community foundations, as well as vice president of allocations for the United Way of Saint Paul. Paul is active on numerous community boards, serving as a commissioner of both the Minnesota Ballpark Authority and the Saint Paul Port Authority, as well as a Trustee of the F. R. Bigelow Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the Minneapolis Community & Technical College Foundation, the Family Housing Fund and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. Paul holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in government and philosophy from Saint John’s University.


    2016 CED Breakout Session Panelists and Moderators

    Arrodondo, MedariaMedaria Arradondo, deputy chief and chief of staff, Minneapolis Police Department

    A 26-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, Medaria Arradondo started his career working as a public housing enforcement officer and school liaison officer. In 2015, Arradondo was appointed deputy chief of staff for the Minneapolis Police Department, where he collaborates with Chief’s Office, the Mayor of Minneapolis, Minneapolis City Council members, and many community stakeholders. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Metropolitan State University and his master’s degree in human services from Concordia University. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, MA, as well as the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

    Baumtrog, RyanRyan Baumtrog, assistant commissioner for policy and community development, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

    In his role at Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Baumtrog leads the development of policy positions and initiatives at Minnesota Housing and represents the agency with elected and appointed officials at the local, state and federal level. He and his team develop the agency’s state budget agenda, work on federal legislative and regulatory matters, and work to ensure that agency programs are meeting the needs of communities and organizations throughout the state. 

    Eastham, JohnJohn Eastham, sergeant, public affairs and data compliance, Ramsey County Sheriff's Office

    John Eastham has been with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office for more than 16 years. Before working in his current position as the Public Information Officer and Data Compliance Sergeant he served as the department's crime prevention deputy for almost seven years. Eastham is a certified crime prevention specialist and is also certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. He is an active member of the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association and is currently serving his third term as the organization’s president.

    Goodeman, RickRick Goodemann, CEO, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership

    Rick Goodemann is the founding executive officer of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership that provides community development services and technical assistance services in 30 rural counties of southern Minnesota. The organization’s accomplishments include the development, preservation, financing or rehabilitating of 8,400+ housing units with over $561,000,000 in direct housing development and financing. Goodemann has more than 25 years of experience in the development and delivery of rural development and housing finance products and programs in a public and private setting. He is an active member of his community, having served on several national and local boards and advisory groups, and holds a liberal arts degree from Southwest State University.

    Hilleman, MonteMonte Hilleman, vice president of real estate and development, Saint Paul Port Authority

    Monte Hilleman joined the Port Authority team in 2005 after several years of redevelopment and environmental work. His peers named him the 2010 “Person of the Year” for Brownfield Renewal Magazine and a “Forty Under 40” by the Twin Cities Business Journal in 2012. At the Port, he has worked on several hundred acres of brownfield projects. To date, he has secured over $20,000,000 in grant funding for Port brownfield redevelopment projects. Hilleman is responsible for the Port’s Green Design Investment program, which incorporates sustainability metrics into building energy performance tracking and Next Generation Stormwater Management at brownfield sites. He holds a Minnesota Real Estate Broker’s license.

    Kienburger, AdamAdam Kienberger, community development director, City of Farmington

    Adam Kienberger is the community development director for the city of Farmington, where he manages development activities related to economic development, planning, and building inspections. Prior to Farmington, he spent nearly nine years at the city of Lakeville as the economic development specialist. Currently serving as vice president of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota, he offers a perspective that bridges gaps between different levels of government to build a successful business environment. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in urban and regional studies from Minnesota State University Mankato and an economic development certificate from Hamline University.

    Mary Kuria, real estate accounting manager, Neighborhood Development Center

    Louder, LorrieLorrie Louder, vice president of business and intergovernmental affairs, Saint Paul Port Authority

    Lorrie Louder is the senior vice president of business and intergovernmental affairs and serves on the senior management team. She has been in executive economic development positions for more than 25 years. She is responsible for initiatives that move the Port Authority's mission and objectives forward across its lines of business and also leads the Port Authority's legislative initiatives. Lorrie serves as chair of the Saint Paul College president's advisory council; chair of the government relations committee of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota; and board member for the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals, the Saint Paul Economic Development Company, and the Saint Paul Smart Trips organization. She also serves on the Minnesota Brownfields advisory committee and is the chair of Minnesota Brownfields re-scape committee.

    Norman-Major, KrisKris Norman-Major, professor and co-director of the Center for Public Administration & Leadership, Hamline University

    Kris Norman-Major teaches several courses in both the Master and Doctorate of Public Administration programs, with an emphasis on public and social policy. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University, her M.A. in public affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota, and her B.A. in political science and business administration from Hamline University. Norman-Major has public sector experience working for both the Saint Paul Public Works Department and Minnesota Department of Education. Her current research examines issues of cultural competency and social equity in public administration and includes co-editing Cultural Competency for Public Administrators with Susan Gooden of Virginia Commonwealth University.   

    Peterson, ToddTodd Peterson, community development director, City of Roseau

    Todd Peterson is the community development director for the City of Roseau, MN. He received his B.S. in business from Calvin College and his Master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Peterson worked for both the City of Brooklyn Center and Nakata Planning Group of Colorado Springs, CO, prior to taking the position in Roseau as the community’s first city planner in 1996, and later as community development director. In his 20 years in Roseau, Peterson has gained valuable experience in addressing the workforce housing challenges of rural communities.

    Sage-Martinson, JonathanJonathan Sage-Martinson, director of the department of planning and economic  development, city of Saint Paul

    Jonathan Sage-Martinson manages the planning and economic development department, with an operating budget of nearly $10 million, a program budget of over $60 million, and a staff of 72. He also serves as the executive director of the city’s housing and redevelopment authority. Prior to his work with Saint Paul, Sage-Martinson served as director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, a group of funders dedicated to the robust and equitable development of the Green Line transit corridor in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He has also served as executive director of Sparc, a neighborhood-based community development corporation, and as associate director of the Green Institute, a neighborhood-based environmental enterprise. Jonathan served as a community development volunteer with the Peace Corps, including serving in the first Crisis Corps (now Peace Corps Response) mission. Jonathan has a B.A. in political science and German from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management and Community Economic Development from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

    Shardlow, JohnJohn Shardlow, senior principal, Stantec

    John Shardlow has extensive and wide-ranging project experience serving clients in both the public and private sectors. He is a highly experienced facilitator and has managed numerous multi-jurisdictional planning projects, successfully managing the involvement of multiple government agencies and interest groups. He has created and implemented several innovative, award-winning community engagement programs. Shardlow has been involved in planning and zoning education for lawyers, planners, and elected and appointed officials for 37 years, regularly giving seminars through the League of Cities, The Real Estate Institute, The Urban Land Institute. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

    Sullivan, BillBill Sullivan, chief, Oakdale Police Department

    Chief Sullivan’s law enforcement career began in 1974, when he was a military police officer in the US Army. He has served as chief of police for the city of Oakdale since 1988. He has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, is a graduate of two executive development courses at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and has taught at Metro State and the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University for more than ten years.


    Thoj, Va-MegnVa-Megn Thoj, executive director, Asian Economic Development Association

    Va-Megn Thoj is the founder and executive director of the Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA). The mission of AEDA is to increase economic opportunities for Asian Americans in the Twin Cities. Thoj has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, small business management, and community development. He has been a strong voice for equitable development, economic inclusion, and racial equity for Asian Americans in the Twin Cities. Working with the Southeast Asian communities, Thoj has developed an array of mutually reinforcing, cross-sector, culturally relevant strategies to support job creation and asset development. His initiatives include small business development services, creative place making, physical revitalization, advocacy, and civic engagement.

    waldron, craigCraig Waldron, lecturer, public administration program director, and co-director of Center for Public Administration & Leadership, Hamline University

    Craig Waldron served as city administrator for the City of Oakdale for 20 years and is a highly respected leader in local government. Dr. Waldron was recognized as manager of the year for his efforts in career development in Oakdale. He has also served as an elected official for North Mankato and has chaired several municipal organizations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Waldron earned his Doctorate of Public Administration from Hamline University, his M.A. in urban and regional studies from Minnesota State University, and his a B.A. in sociology from the University of Iowa.

    Worthington, HeatherHeather Worthington, deputy county manager, Ramsey County

    Heather Worthington has 19 years of experience serving residents in Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, and Edina. In 2010, she was hired as the first deputy county manager of Ramsey County, where she is responsible for oversight of the Economic Growth and Community Investment Service Team. She is leading the redevelopment of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills and the downtown Riverfront Properties. She holds a B.A. in history/historic preservation from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Administration from Hamline University, where she has also served as an adjunct professor. She resides in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul with Chris, her husband of 23 years, and enjoys travel, cycling, woodturning, and gardening.