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We are proud to serve residents in more than 60 cities across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. From interns and volunteers to the members of our leadership team, we are passionate about enriching communities and helping residents meet their goals. Take a moment to meet some of our team!

CommonBond Communities Executive Leadership


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Deidre Schmidt
President & CEO
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Thomas Adams, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President of Housing and Services
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Karen Law
Executive Vice President of Talent, Equity and Culture
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Angela Riley
Chief Financial Officer
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Cecile Bedor
Executive Vice President of Real Estate
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Derek Madsen
Executive Vice President of Resource Development
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CommonBond Board of Directors


Richard Wicka
Principal (Retired)
MedCraft Healthcare Real Estate

Adam Bernier
Vice Chair
Chief Operating Officer
O’Brien-Staley Partners

Deidre Schmidt
President & CEO
CommonBond Communities

Tom Joyce
University of St. Thomas

Cindy Koch
Senior Executive
General Mills

Jamal Adam
Achievement Specialist
Wayzata High School

Megan Remark
President & CEO
Regions Hospital


Tasha Alexander
Senior Vice President – Senior Private Banker
Wells Fargo The Private Bank

Nicole Brookshire
Brookshire Customized Solutions, LLC

Taylor Cooper
Project Manager
Seward Redesign

Edward Goetz
Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
University of Minnesota

R. Patricia (Trish) Kelly
EVP, Head of Commercial Banking
TCF Bank

Wade C. Lau
President & CEO
Founders Properties, LLC

Sita Morantz
President & Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer
Marsden Holding, LLC

Sean Rice
VP Finance, Institutional North America

Matt Schriner
Senior Vice President
Bremer Bank

Valerie (Val) Spencer
Community Volunteer

Mark Springett
AVP, Enterprise Business Intelligence (Finance Department)
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Eva Stevens
President (Retired)
United Properties Investment

Jennifer Thao
Executive Office Director
Wilder Foundation

CommonBond Housing Board

Wade C. Lau
President & CEO
Founders Properties, L.L.C.

Bernadette Hornig
Vice Chair
Portfolio Manager
Hornig Companies

Deidre Lal Schmidt
President and CEO
CommonBond Communities


Taylor Cooper
Project Manager
Seward Redesign

Todd Eatmon
Core Living

Freddie Houston
Director, Performance Property Management Company

George C. Lang
Overlook Realty Investment Advisors (Retired)

James Solem
Commissioner of Minnesota Housing Finance & Metropolitan Council (Retired)

Leanna Stefaniak
Director of Business Development and General Counsel
At Home Apartments

Jim Urbanek
EVP (Retired)
TCF Financial Corporation

Richard Wicka
Principal (Retired)
MedCraft Healthcare Real Estate

Wisconsin Board of Managers

Kristi Luzar
Executive Director
Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin (UEDA)

Vice Chair

Nicole Brookshire 
Brookshire Customized Solutions

Bill Cummings 
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Ryan Daniels 
Executive Director
Milwaukee Public Library Foundation

Irma Yepez Klassen
Program Officer
Zilber Family Foundation


Austin Mautz
Chief Financial Officer & Vice President
Fiduciary Real Estate Development, Inc.

Leo Ries
Executive Director, LISC (Retired)

Deidre Schmidt
President & CEO
CommonBond Communities

Joe Schwenker 
Development Consultant
Evergreen Partners

Marsha Sehler 
Director of Business Development (Retired)
Uihlein Wilson Architects

Daniel (Dan) Sell 
Finance Director
Continental Properties Company, Inc.

Derek Taylor
Husch Blackwell



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