Board of Directors
Ryan Allen, Officer
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Urban and Regional Planning Area
Ryan Allen is an associate professor of community and economic development in the urban and regional planning area. His research focuses on the community and economic development processes of immigrants in the United States. Recently, he has focused on how households have responded to the foreclosure crisis as well as how the foreclosure crisis has affected neighborhood quality in the U.S. He is also interested in immigrant home ownership and entrepreneurship. His practical research approach to these topics draws upon the strengths of multiple disciplines, including sociology, economics, and political science, and takes advantage of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Jim Erchul, Chair
Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Service
Jim is an affordable housing development professional and recognized leader in the nonprofit sector. Jim has over thirty years of diverse planning, administration, management, evaluation and policy development experience in the areas of housing, community development, and workforce development programs.
Sarah Berke, Officer
Program Officer, Family Housing Fund
Sarah is Program Officer at Family Housing Fund. She has more than a decade of leadership experience in affordable housing and community development finance at national and regional nonprofit social enterprises, in strategy, innovation, development, and management roles. Berke’s experience and interests include affordable housing preservation and development, access to financial capital, networked social enterprise models, and international exchange. She has an MPP from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota, a BA from St Olaf College, and is an alumna of the Fulbright program in Russia.
Joelyn Malone, Officer
Independent Consultant – Malone Consulting
Joelyn’s career focus has been on financing and service delivery for health care and human services, especially integration of long term care and acute and primary medical care for the elderly and people with disabilities. Her interests include affordable housing, which is a particular concern for these individuals. She previously worked for Disability Services Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Jennifer Shadowens, Officer
Jennifer currently works as an engagement strategist at Zeus Jones. She has worked in the for profit and nonprofit sectors, including two years of fundraising experience, one year of advocacy experience, and ten years of advertising agency experience working with local and national clients, including Target, Citibank, 3M, and Nestle. A resident of Northeast Minneapolis for over a decade, she is very active in the local community. Past volunteer work includes Board Member of the Audubon Neighborhood Association, Chair of its Neighborhood Revitalization Program committee, and ESL Tutor. Jennifer has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from DePaul University and an MPA from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.
Pat Streeter, Officer
Pat currently serves as the Vice President of the Park Plaza Cooperative Board of Directors, a resident-owned manufactured housing cooperative where she lives. She has a background in sales support for several major US corporations and currently works in sales at Home Depot.
Dave Swanson, Officer
Attorney, Dorsey and Whitney - Minneapolis, MN
Dave is the leader of the cooperative law practice group at Dorsey and Whitney. Swanson has more than 20 years of experience providing legal counsel to cooperatives, dealing in formation, acquisitions, financing and board governance issues.