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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 and CEO
CommonBond Communities

Barb Tretheway
SVP and General Counsel (Retired)
Health Partners, Inc.

Cindy Koch

Jamal Adam
Achievement Specialist
Wayzata High School

Megan Remark
President & CEO
Regions Hospital

Tasha Alexander
Private Banker
Wells Fargo Bank


Shailja Ambrose
Business Relationship Manager
Wells Fargo & Company

Nicole Brookshire
Brookshire Customized Solutions, LLC

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

Wade C. Lau
President & CEO
Founders Properties, LLC

Fatima Moore
Director of Government Relations
City of Minneapolis

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

Mohamed Omar
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund

Sean Rice
VP Finance, Institutional North America

Mark Runkel
Sr. EVP, Chief Transformation Officer
U.S. Bancorp

Matt Schriner
Senior Vice President
Bremer Bank

Taylor Smrikarova
Project Manager
Seward Redesign

Valerie (Val) Spencer
Community Volunteer

Eva Stevens
President (Retired)
United Properties Investment

Jennifer Thao
Vice President of Strategy
Wilder Foundation

May Thao-Schuck
VP of Career and Professional Development
St. Catherine University

CommonBond Housing Board

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

Bernadette Hornig
Vice Chair
Portfolio Manager
Hornig Companies

Deidre Schmidt
President and CEO
CommonBond Communities

Angela Riley
Chief Financial Officer
CommonBond Communities

Freddie Houston
Director, Performance Property Management Company

George C. Lang (Emeritus)
Overlook Realty Investment Advisors (Retired)

Taylor Smrikarova
Project Manager
Seward Redesign

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

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

David Weiss
General Capital

Wisconsin Board of Managers

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

Irma Yepez Klassen
Vice Chair
Program Officer
Zilber Family Foundation

Nicole Brookshire 
Brookshire Customized Solutions

Bill Cummings 
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Ray Hill
Executive Director
Milwaukee’s Historic King Drive (BID 8)

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

Leo Ries
Community Development Consultant

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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