Chuck Leer, Consultant – Mr. Leer has a passion for placemaking. For more than 30 years he has had a hand in the redevelopment of the downtown Minneapolis riverfront. Award-winning projects include the Guthrie’s Laboratory Theater (1987), Minnesota Opera Center (1990), Ruby’s Cabaret (1991), Open Book (2000), 801 Washington Lofts (2003) and Tower Lofts (2005). He was co-founder and chair (2006-2014) of 2020 Partners, a civic enterprise of private-public stakeholders that supports city building around Target Field in the North Loop. He has served on the boards of a number of arts and nonprofit organizations, including the Minnesota Dance Alliance, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Children’s Development Corporation and North Washington Jobs Park Steering Committee. Mary Kelley Leer, his longtime partner and wife, is the principal and producer of the Lab Theater. Their two adult sons are chasing their dreams all over the world. He is a recovering attorney, with a J.D. from New York University School of Law and A.B. from Dartmouth College. In 2009 he discovered Tim Carpenter and EngAGE at the Burbank Senior Arts Colony and has been trying to figure out ever since how to bring artful aging to Minnesota.
Lucy Rogers, Fund Developer – Ms. Rogers is an independent fundraising and board development consultant. She recently served as interim Development Director for The Belwin Conservancy and has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector for over 25 years. She has consulted with non-profits on fundraising, board development, communications, program development, capacity building, and grant writing for the last fourteen years. She served as part-time development Director for Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center for eight years. This included working on a major capital campaign. She was an early board member of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice and worked with that organization as a volunteer or staff member for 16 years. She is a founder and past board member of a non-partisan Political Action Committee called the Wait a Minute Project, which focused on electing moderate candidates on the East side of the metro area. She has previously served as a board member of The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Walker Art Center. Her past experience includes work as a psychologist, Institutional Sales for a brokerage firm, and developing new investment products for a large bank holding company.
J. Daniel (Dan) Steffey, Consultant – Mr. Steffey is an experienced Oregon developer who has been responsible for the production and preservation of well over 2,500 units of housing in multiple western states. The work has included affordable and special needs housing as well as mixed use and mixed income developments. Throughout his long career he has emphasized what is today titled “social equity,” including employment and training for disadvantaged persons as well as increasing contracting with M/W/ESB firms on construction contracts to 30-40% of total construction costs. The work of Dan and his company is now focused on industry-leading projects that create active senior and intergenerational communities, and developments that incorporate strong social equity and sustainable economic development components. He values participating with groups that share his interest in collaborative approaches to complex developments.