Meet Redesign

Brian came to Seward Redesign in March, 2002 with more than 20 years experience in development. Brian led development planning for the Seward Longfellow Midtown Greenway Area and the Franklin LRT Station Area. During Brian’s tenure, Redesign has completed projects for redevelopment of the DoAll Building for occupancy by several East African owned businesses; the redevelopment of the Riverside Market site as a new home for Seward Coop Grocery including syndication of New Market Tax Credits; the redevelopment of the Franklin East Building, a neighborhood commercial center, and for acquisition of the Seward Commons site, a 3.5 acre phased redevelopment site near the Franklin LRT Station.  

As a past Executive Director of Neighborhood Development Alliance on St. Paul’s West Side, Brian undertook such projects as the redevelopment of the 116 unit Concord Square Apartment complex, Wabasha Center (a child care center and office development) and Wabasha Terrace (affordable townhomes). Brian is a licensed real estate broker and attorney.

Renee began working with Redesign in July, 2011. Her work is focused on business development, commercial leasing and new development projects. She also works on fundraising, infrastructure planning, and solar energy projects. Prior to joining the Redesign team, Renee was an independent consultant working in research and program evaluation with non-profits and neighborhood groups. Renee has a B.A. in Sociology and Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey Institute with a focus in Housing and Community Development. She is a licensed commercial real estate agent. Contact me for information about commercial property sales and leasing, Hiawatha Revolving Loan Fund, and solar development.

Shaina Brassard joined the Redesign staff in April of 2016. She manages the Great Streets Business District Support and Façade Improvement programs for Redesign, conducting outreach to area businesses and promoting commercial corridor revitalization in our service area. Shaina comes to Redesign after 4 years with the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition on Minneapolis’ Northside. At West Broadway, Shaina was the Marketing and Communications Manager and interim Executive Director. Shaina has a BA degree from Vassar College, spent several years living in La Paz, Bolivia and is fluent in Spanish. Contact me for information about façade and property improvement grants, business technical assistance, and business expansion in Greater Longfellow.

Alan joined the Redesign team as Property Manager in March, 2015.  Alan manages tenant leases, monitors day-to-day operations of properties and implements leasehold improvement projects.  Prior to joining Redesign, Alan worked for more than fifteen years with tenants, owners, associations and brokers, managing, renovating, leasing and selling commercial and residential buildings throughout the metro area.  Alan is a licensed real estate agent and a graduate of Metropolitan State University. Contact me for information about the management and leasing of Redesign properties.

Erin has been with Redesign since January 2014. She works closely with the Executive Director to manage administrative tasks, fundraising, and systems of the organization to ensure efficient operation and enhance communication and productiveness. She has a strong background in administration and nonprofits as the previous program manager and office manager for Umoja Drum and Music Cooperative as well as experience as administrative manager of a residential real estate office. Erin has a BA degree in International Relations from Carleton College. Contact me for information about our website, and Redesign benefits and administration.

Scott Shaffer is the newest member of the Redesign staff, joining in March of 2017. He manages the Reconnecting Neighborhoods project, where he works with community and government partners on a plan to re-establish and improve  connections between Seward and the West Bank over Interstate 94, especially walking and biking. Scott has been engaged in bicycle and pedestrian planning and advocacy in Minneapolis for four years. He has a BA from Macalester College and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He and his wife live in the neighborhood with their two Siamese cats. Contact me if you want to get involved in improving walking and biking connections between Seward and the West Bank.

 

Meet the Redesign Board

Redesign’s volunteer Board of Directors is a vital part of our success. All of our board members live or work in the Seward and Longfellow communities. They bring to the organization many years of experience in community development, affordable housing, public service, urban planning, finance and lending, education, design, construction, neighborhood organizing, small business ownership, transit oriented development, and nonprofit administration.

  • Tal Anderson

Tal is a Manager of Single Family Community Development at Minnesota Housing, where he manages new construction, acquisition-rehab, owner-occupied rehab, and homebuyer education and counseling.  Previous to his work at Minnesota Housing, Tal did non-profit housing work for agencies in the central cities of Milwaukee and Saint Paul.  He has lived in Seward since 2003, and loves living in a diverse, urban, walkable neighborhood.

  • Carol Carrier

Carol is an administrator and faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Carol moved to Seward in 1976, and was one of the first buyers of restored homes in the Milwaukee Avenue historic district. Carol has served on the Seward Redesign board since 1998 and was board President from 2012-2016. She also serves on the Board of Directors for MplsAchieve, a non-profit organization that supports the Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • Garry Hesser Vice President - Administration

Garry and his wife, Nancy, have lived in Seward since 1980, benefitting from the early work of Redesign and serving on the Board as a Trinity Lutheran Congregation representative during the 1980s and early 1990s as well as the Cedar Riverside PAC and KMOJ Board in the late 1970s. He is currently the Martin Olav Sabo Emeritus Professor of Citizenship and Learning at Augsburg College where he chaired the Metro-Urban Studies Program from 1977-2010. He teaches Urban Planning and Urban Sociology at Augsburg and was a visiting professor at the Humphrey Institute/School from 2008-2010, teaching the Community-Based Research course initiated by CHANCE.

  • Tadd Kelly Treasurer

Tadd is a Vice President and Credit Manager/Team Lead at Wells Fargo in the SBA Lending Division. He joined Wells Fargo in 1990 and received his degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas (1993). Tadd also secured his MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota in 1996. Tadd’s work at Wells Fargo focuses on small business loans, including underwriting financing and interpreting financial statements for a wide variety of industry types, as well as managing construction loans. Tadd has previously volunteered with Nokomis Healthy Seniors, MN Red Ribbon Ride, Open Arms of MN, Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children. Tadd moved to Seward in 1998 and joined the Redesign Development Committee in June of 2012.

  • Sheldon Mains

Sheldon provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations and foundations on technology, communications, management, and program transfers between organizations. Sheldon was a founder of SPOKES Bike Walk Connect, a program to promote biking and walking. His eclectic background also includes working on energy and environmental policy for three governors and six years of engineering design in the building industry. Sheldon has served as Chair of the Seward Neighborhood Group, the Twin Cities Media Alliance and the Minneapolis Telecommunications Network. He has also served on the Minneapolis Planning Commission, Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation, the Minneapolis Library Board and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Sheldon is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the Seward Towers Corporation board. He and his wife, Bev, have lived in their 98 year old home in Seward for over 30 years and just completed their first 5 year remodeling plan (25 years after starting it).

  • Ewart Martens

Ewart is a co-owner of Mill City Builders, LLP, a design/build residential remodeling firm that has been in business since 1994. Mill City Builders specializes in renovations and additions to older homes in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The company combines an appreciation for the existing home with thoughtful design, solid workmanship, great attention to detail and quality materials. Ewart was originally from Germany, has been a resident in the US since 1988 and has lived in Seward since 1996. Ewart’s interest in Redesign stems from his wider interest in development issues, an interest in design and construction and a desire to impact the community in positive ways.

  • Melissa Pahl President

Melissa Pahl has a background that encompasses commercial construction and real estate development as well as community economic development in Chicago, Southwest Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. With an educational background in Finance, she provides Redesign with hands on experience with construction projects and development financing. She is a resident and homeowner in the Longfellow neighborhood.

  • Katie Roth

Katie manages the planning, design and delivery of bus rapid transit projects for Metro Transit. Katie has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a B.A. from Indiana University. Both natives of the Twin Cities, Katie and her husband moved to the Longfellow neighborhood in 2012 and have come to truly love the neighborhood’s many walkable destinations and transportation options.

  • Tony Scallon Vice President - Development

Tony currently serves on several charter school boards and is a vocational consultant to another. He is the retired superintendent for the Minnesota Transitions Charter School and its founder, and formerly served as Alternative Program Coordinator for the West St. Paul School District. Tony has previously served on the boards for the Longfellow Community Council, Federal Home Loan Bank and National Cooperative Bank, among others, and was a Minneapolis City Councilmember and a founder of Seward Redesign.

  • Suzanne Weinstein Secretary

Susanne is the founder and former owner of Coastal Seafoods. She started the business in 1981, moving to Seward in 1985. Coastal Seafoods has two successful retail stores and a wholesale business, supplying the Twin Cities and surrounding area restaurants with the best fresh and frozen fish and seafood. In 2015, Suzanne was named one of the Top Women in Business by the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal. Suzanne also has a background in banking, prior to starting her own business, and serves on the Seward Civic and Commerce Association’s board.