The creative team that makes
Kelley Lindquist is renowned for building Artspace Projects, Inc.--America's leading
nonprofit real estate developer for creative communities--from the ground up. Since Mr.
Lindquist joined Artspace in 1987 as the sole employee managing a budget of $60,000,
he has grown the nonprofit organization to a team of 70 with a national Board of
Directors, and an annual average budget of $20 million. Today he oversees the
stewardship of 51 mixed-use projects that Artspace owns and operates nationwide,
representing more than a $600 million investment in America's urban and rural arts
infrastructure. These properties provide more than 1,700 live/work units to low-income
artists and their families, as well as more than $3 million in rent subsidies delivered
annually. Nearly 500 commercial tenants--including arts and cultural organizations,
creative entrepreneurs, and small businesses--also benefit from below market rate
spaces. In 2017, Artspace established the Lindquist Legacy Fund in recognition of Mr.
Lindquist's 30 years of leadership advancing Artspace's inclusive work with culturally
distinct and underserved communities.
Along with running Artspace's daily operations, Mr. Lindquist increasingly focuses his
energy on restoring national confidence in America's creative communities, and he is
much in demand as a consultant and speaker at national and international conferences.
His expertise has garnered Artspace numerous awards including the Minnesota
Brownfields Rescape Awards for Community Impact, the 2018 Award for Excellence in
Historic Preservation from the Louisiana Landmarks Society, 2018 Affordable Housing
Finance Reader's Choice Awards in Historic Preservation, the 2017 MetCouncil Livable
Communities Demonstration Account, the Michigan Downtown Association CREW
Impact Award, a 2017 Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Affordable Housing
Community, National Trust for Historic Preservation's Honor Award, the State
Preservation Award from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic
Preservation, The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks
Conservancy, the Preservation Award from The Preservation League of New York, and
Will Law joined Artspace in 1992 and has worked in property development, asset management, consulting, and financial management. Among the major projects for which he has had primary responsibility are the Tilsner Artists’ Cooperative in Saint Paul, the Washington Studios in Duluth, the Riverside Artist Lofts in Reno, and El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 in New York.
As chief operating officer, Mr. Law is a member of Artspace’s senior management team and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations. Mr. Law graduated from the Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science.
Shaela Wilson graduated from the Academy of Design and Technology, Chicago, in 2004. She then began to freelance while pursuing her dream of owning her own FedEx Kinkos. Shortly after that idea was born-- and after giving birth to two dance machine, lip gloss-popping divas; and after reading “The Secret”-- she began working at Artspace Projects in 2010. From making coffee and scheduling appointments to drawing up leases and managing the Artspace database, Shaela puts her awesome multi-tasking skills to work at Artspace daily. She is not limited to being the Queen of the front desk, however-- she was also MVP of the Minneapolis Pee Wee League Championship game in 1991.
In her free time, she likes to draw, spend time with her two lovely daughters, watch popcorn pop in the microwave, watch the exercise channel while eating that butter-soaked popcorn from the couch.
Tionenji Aiken (Tio Aiken) is the Vice President of Communications for Artspace Projects Inc. Recruited to Artspace in 2016 as the Communications Manager, Aiken has slowly shifted the Artspace brand to focus on multi-format storytelling with a deep desire to highlight the intersectionality of Artspace's diverse residential communities and partnerships nationwide. In 2017, Aiken became the Director of Communications. She also became the Program Director for the Rafala Green Fellowship program, a two-year fellowship that promotes equity and inclusion in non-profit real-estate by training the next generation of POCI emerging leaders working at the intersection of arts, real-estate, and community development, funded by the Ford Foundation.
Outside of her formal roles at Artspace, Aiken is a practicing poet and a champion of anyone using their creative expression to make space in the world for positive change. She currently sits on the advisory boards of Made Here MN and Giant Steps MN, and the Board of Directors for the Twin Cities Jazzfest.
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and holds a BA., in Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, and Media Studies.
Therese Harrah onboarded as the lead designer for Artspace in 2017, and became the Creative Director in 2019. After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, she spent two years in corporate marketing before moving to a freelance practice. In 2015, Therese began working with Public Functionary art gallery, and eventually accepted a year-long design residency. She has designed exhibitions for several galleries in the Midwest, and has created identities for international events.
Laura joined Artspace as the Communications Associate, Social Media Strategist in January 2019. She comes to Artspace after three years in the curatorial department at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (not-so-coincidentally where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Anthropology).
While at the Weisman, she was awarded the 2016-2017 E. Gerald and Lisa O’Brien Curatorial Fellowship. This fellowship gave her the opportunity to work on a wide range of exhibitions, including the internationally touring The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (as written about in The New York Times and reported on NPR). Laura would continue her museum work as the Chair of the Collections and Exhibits Committee on the Board of Directors at the Cycling Museum of Minnesota.
She first explored social media management while marketing Minnesota Long-Form Improv (a University of Minnesota student group she co-founded in 2014 and directed until 2018) and Girls in Shorts, a 10-episode comedic web series that she co-produced.
Laura is thrilled to be in a position that connects emerging and established artists to new opportunities. She is currently baking her way through Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours and, when not in the kitchen, she reads, bikes, and practices yoga.
Kim Sanchez joined the Artspace team in 2017 as the tech support and programming manager at El Barrio's Artspace PS109. She is certified by I.A.OT.S. as a wedding and event designer and planner, as well as certified by I.C.O.E.S. as a music and film events manager. Currently, she is working towards achieving her associate degree in business management.
Kim is a proactive, results-oriented, bilingual professional with solid experience in the finance and nonprofit fields. Her expertise spans project management, financial reporting, office management, and customer service. Her excellent analytical, research, and writing skills has led her to much success within the entertainment and events industry. Kim has more than 14 years of experience planning various types of events, and brings her eye for design and sense of style to each. She has planned, designed, and executed weddings, various private social events, and much more. Her detail-oriented and organized mind motivates Kim to create the perfect journey for her clients, where they get to experience their events as a guest. She likes everything to be just right, even the small details, because they can make a huge difference in a special event. She is a dedicated professional who is not afraid to put in the extra time to make her client's event special.
When Kim is not being a worker bee, she likes to spend time with family and friends, dance, and travel.
Mark A. Conrad
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Conrad joined Artspace in October 2007 after working in public accounting for more than 25 years. Mr. Conrad was responsible for the audit for Artspace Projects and many of its related entities for 18 years prior to joining the organization. As chief financial officer, Mr. Conrad is a member of Artspace’s senior management team, oversees a staff of five, and is responsible for the oversight of the financial processes for Artspace and the various development projects in process at any given time.
Mr. Conrad graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a comprehensive accounting major. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of CPAs.
Lori Pope joined Artspace Projects in 2006 as Finance Manager. She is responsible for the accurate presentation of financial results for the organization. She manages the accounting process for Artspace as well as several other entities within the Artspace network. Before joining Artspace, Lori managed accounting and operations in the Commercial Film Production community.
Lori attended the University of Minnesota and received a B.A. in accounting from Metropolitan State University. She serves as treasurer for Link Vostok, an international dance & cultural liason. She is married with three children.
Kellie Hmong started her career at Artspace in November 2010, after graduating from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She is a financial assistant/bookkeeper for Artspace and Performance Property Management Company.
Nu Lee joined Artspace Project’s Performance Property Management Company team in May 2011 after graduating from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul with a BA in Accounting. Nu is Bookkeeper for several of Artspace’s real estate commercial and residential properties locally and regionally. She performs regular accounting duties, prepares monthly financial statements, and conducts regular accounting audits.
Nu brings a sense of enthusiasm to the Finance team, as well as an attention to detail that is necessary for her position. Her previous work experience varies from providing administrative support at the Department of Natural Resources; extensive customer service at the House of Wong family restaurant; and peer tutoring at St. Paul Public School’s Bruce F. Vento Elementary.
When she is not working, she cooks for big family parties, keeps the house polished, and enjoys scrapbooks and photography.
Stacy Malbon joined the finance team at Artspace in January 2015. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, she graduated from the University of Minnesota, stubbornly insists that all of the good beer is found in Northeast Minneapolis, and prides herself on knowing the Minneapolis Skyway System like the back of her hand. On the rare occasion that you can convince her to leave the northern half of the city, you can usually find her in the northern part of the state, relaxing in a tent or wandering down a trail on the Northern Shore of Lake Superior.
As a financial assistant at Artspace, Stacy primarily handles the accounts payable duties and helps her team whenever she can with other accounting odds and ends. When she’s not busy sending out expense emails with bad jokes about the weather, eating all the cookies in the break room, or using her stealth tracking skills to hunt down payment approvals from her fellow employees, Stacy enjoys trying out the newest eateries in her neighborhood, hitting every outdoor event during the too-short summer in her amazing city, and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends. She also has a love of photography thanks to her many years working for National Camera Exchange in her youth, resulting in hundreds of emailed pictures of her baby daughter and incredibly patient husband.
Brittany started at Artspace in March 2018 while finishing her Undergrad at the Carlson School of Management with a BS in Finance and a minor in Accounting. As a recent graduate, she is discovering new passions including cooking, gardening, camping, yoga, and exploring Minneapolis. Brittany loves spending time in the North Shore when she gets the chance, and she is always looking forward to planning another road trip out west. Brittany has a cat named Fern who she adores and take lots of pictures of.
Greg Handberg joined Artspace in October 1999. During his 20 years at Artspace, Greg has played a variety of roles. From his initial role as Project Manager responsible for the Shubert Theater (Cowles Center) development, Greg transitioned to Director of Property Development in 2001, and Senior Vice President of Properties in 2004. As SVP, Properties, Greg is responsible for leadership of new project development, and the the stewardship of Artspace’s ever growing portfolio of Real Estate Owned.
Greg is an avid photographer and mountain biker. Photography keeps his eyes open. Mountain biking keeps his synapses active. And although Greg believes that he can do the moonwalk, his wife and two daughters would disagree. He has a B.A. degree in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota, and received his M.S. degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has lectured nationally and internationally on arts facility development and real estate finance.
As Vice President of Properties, Ms. Zimmer is a key leader in the Real Estate Development division of Artspace. Heidi brings a compassionate and creative approach to development. She has over 20 years of experience in creative placemaking and developing thoughtful, intentional and sustainable living and working environments. In her 13 years at Artspace, she and her team have been responsible for new Artspace projects including site selection, entitlements, all private and public financing, design and architecture, construction estimating and management, government relations and community engagement. Ms. Zimmer currently helps the Properties Team lead construction and pre-development work of 11 affordable housing and commercial projects, totaling nearly $520 million in investment, throughout the United States. Since 2006, Ms. Zimmer has led the development efforts of $230 million projects at Artspace including several successful award-winning Artspace developments such as the Brookland Artspace Lofts in Washington, DC, and the historic Dearborn City Hall in Dearborn, Michigan.
Ms. Zimmer also advocates at the federal, state and local levels for affordable housing policy and she is a frequent public speaker on issues of creative placemaking, artist housing, gentrification, smart growth economic development practices, and rural economic development.
Prior to joining Artspace, Ms. Zimmer managed the private development of over $160 million in real estate in the Twin Cities for The Cornerstone Group, Ron Clark Construction and The Shaw Company in Chicago, IL. She began her career in local government community development and planning for Hennepin County, MN and the City of Minnetonka, MN.
She has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and a BA in Political Economy from James Madison College at Michigan State University, Phi Beta Kappa.
She is a member of the Board of Directors, National Housing and Rehab Association and holds professional affiliations with Lamda Alpha, International, Urban Land Institute and the ULI MN Housing Council and Technical Assistance Panel.
Naomi Chu is the Vice President of Asset Management, currently responsible for the direct supervision of the Asset Management team and the operational aspects of the Artspace portfolio. This includes supporting Asset Managers as they encounter challenges in the operational aspects of their properties, as well as supporting Asset Managers in identifying solutions when facing challenges in the community. Naomi partners with the Senior Vice President of Properties to plan and implement departmental initiatives. She also ensures smooth transitions from the property development phase of activity to operations.
Naomi is also a Program Manager of the Rafala Green Fellowship Program. This fellowship program seeks to promote equity and inclusion in nonprofit real estate by training the next generation of POCI emerging leaders working at the intersection of arts, real estate, and community development. Fellows are introduced to the core competencies of property development and exposed to Artspace best practices while working on current projects in the Artspace pipeline across the country. Previously, she served as the Director and visionary behind Artspace’s Art Bridge Program, a long-distance collaboration program that worked with social justice arts organizations across the country to advance the use of video conferencing technology for artistic collaboration, expanding the vision of new work spaces for artists and arts organizations.
Naomi began working with Artspace in 1997 through a local property management company, handling Artspace's commercial properties in the Twin Cities. In 1998, she was hired to create Artspace's first for-profit subsidiary, Performance Property Management Company, which allowed Artspace to run their local commercial property management team in-house. In 2005, Naomi took leave from Artspace to become Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization focused on developing a Pan-Asian center to celebrate, promote, and foster understanding of Asian Pacific cultural heritage in Minnesota, where she gained valuable experience employing the Artspace model. In 2008, Naomi returned to Artspace in the role of Finance Manager.
Naomi graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Saint Paul Technical College with an Associate Degree of Applied Science as an American Sign Language Interpreter/Translator.
Naomi brings a unique skillset to the Artspace team, from her managerial experience and financial expertise; to her comprehensive background in government relations, development, and community engagement. She takes great pride in her contributions to Artspace's partnerships with First Peoples Fund in South Dakota; PA'I Foundation in Hawaii; and Turtle Mountain Tribal Arts Association in North Dakota.
Freddie, despite all attempts, has been able to skillfully evade his colleagues and refuses to write a bio of himself. It's ok, Freddie. We've got your back.
Here is what we know:
He wears, on occasion, an amazing (and massive) Russian fur hat given to him by his fantastic wife.
His sense of humor is so intact that he manages to play verbal defense in a way that would shock a politician.
In 2009, Freddie started exploring the real estate business and began working for Artspace leading the Performance Property team.
In his spare time, Freddie likes to drink pink ladies while hanging out with his friends; enjoys making people laugh; bike rides in the rain; and reads science fiction books while soaking in a bubble bath. Just kidding. Well, everything except the making people laugh part. His good nature is contagious.
Freddie is our talented Director of Performance Property, and we are so fortunate to have him taking care of a myriad of things at our properties. Rock on, Freddie.
As Vice President of Property Development, Steve is responsible for new project development. In addition, he oversees all income tax related matters for Artspace’s LIHTC property portfolio. Prior to joining Artspace, Steve’s experience included public accounting, real estate development (both LIHTC and for sale properties), Realtor, Mortgage Broker, and business management. He works on multiple projects throughout the country. Steve received his B.A. in Accounting from Iowa Wesleyan University.
Greg Foley is all of these, and sometimes more, but never less:
A father of three boys, an asset manager of Artspace properties in Seattle, Portland, Brainerd, and Minneapolis, a photographer whose work has been shown in several galleries, a Prince fanatic - and I mean fanatic, a yoga practitioner, a news junkie, IT manager for Artspace, a husband since 1993, a small town kid (graduated in a class of 36), an MBA, a writer of eight screenplays, a cyclist, a lover not a fighter, extremely cluttered but never disorganized, Beatles over Stones, a namedropper (well, I have met Bill Clinton, Hank Aaron, Michael Stipe, Cindy Crawford, Faith Hill, several Minnesota Vikings...), a collector of Beat Generation literature, a Down Syndrome advocate, a mixed media painter, and a generally positive person.
Jean Kramer-Johnson first joined the Artspace family remotely while managing a travel agency in Whitefish, Montana, as lead travel coordinator for Artspace staff. In 2002, when Jean moved back to her hometown of Minneapolis, she was offered the position of Executive Assistant to the President. Three years later, Jean joined the Asset Management team and now manages seven Artspace properties including the Northern Warehouse Artists' Cooperative in Saint Paul; the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts and Grain Belt Studios in Minneapolis; the Kaddatz Artist Lofts in Fergus Falls, Minnesota; the Riverside Artist Lofts in Reno, Nevada; Minot Artspace Lofts in North Dakota; and the Artspace Loveland Lofts in Loveland, Colorado. In addition to overseeing her projects, Jean partners with both the Senior Vice President and Vice President of Asset Management in the establishment of department-wide initiatives, activities, meetings, and agendas; and takes the lead in commercial leasing enterprises. Jean also continues to serve as travel consultant to Artspace staff.
When not working, Jean loves to camp, ski, and go on long walks with any dog that is willing.
Becky Carlson St. Clair joined Artspace in 2011 as a consultant, joined staff as a project manager in 2012, and is now Director of Property Development. She played a key role in the development of projects in Minot, ND and Dearborn, MI; led the project in Hastings, MN; and is currently project lead for Northside Artspace Lofts in Minneapolis.
Prior to joining Artspace, Becky worked for five years as a project manager at Somerset Development Company, an affordable housing company in Washington, D.C. Before moving into real estate development, she worked for two years as a cartographer at Syracuse University and at a custom cartography company in D.C. When talking about her experience, she is always explaining to people that being a cartographer does not mean she was out in the wilderness, mapping new lands. She has a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, a B.A. in Geography from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, and a degree in Spanish from Syracuse University.
Becky lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two young boys. In her “free time” she enjoys running (squeezing in a road race or two a year), reading, knitting, baking, and giving her design opinions on the renovation of her 1920s home.
Lucas Koski is a Director of Properties at Artspace, having previously worked in both Artspace’s Asset Management and Consulting & Strategic Partnerships departments. He is a former resident of Artspace’s Tilsner Artists’ Cooperative in Saint Paul, and is a multidisciplinary artist who balances big picture concepts with detailed minutiae, explores mise en place with produce and protein, programs in pseudo-public places, and loves the business side of art.
He is a proud graduate of Carleton College and has lived a professional and artistic life through creative and professional event production, dynamic installations, and functional art, often using cuisine as metaphor. As a board member of the Creative Enterprise Zone, Lucas helped the organization establish earned revenue streams through the creation of a real estate department that helps place creative businesses in Saint Paul; he also helped guide the creation of Creative Enterprise Zone’s mural festival, Chroma-Zone (a first of its kind in Minnesota).
Lucas fervently believes that the answer to the challenges of tomorrow will be met by the meticulous planning and creative leadership of today. He has been a Jerome, Wilder, Knight, ArtPlace America and McKnight Foundation grantee, an Elsewhere resident, an Art Shanty-er, a member of Intermedia Arts' Creative Community Leadership Institute, a member of Saint Paul’s 2040 Visioning Project, A James P. Shannon Institute member, a fellow of the Young Cultural Innovators Forum of the Salzburg Global Seminar, and has created photovoltaic sculptures mimicking rain cycles for the Bakken Museum.
When he is not at Artspace, you may often find Lucas on his bike, at the market, with his son, listening to some jams, or thinking about noodles.
Andrew Michaelson has more than 10 years of experience in the field of affordable housing. He began his career with Artspace as an intern in 2006, and is now Director of Property Development. He played a key role in the development of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, and is currently team lead for the Pullman Artspace Lofts in Chicago and the Space to Create Colorado initiative. He has extensive experience in historic adaptive reuse, including the rehabilitation and conversion of former cavalry buildings at Fort Snelling into supportive housing for homeless veterans and their families (a project he completed as a Senior Project Manager for CommonBond Communities).
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Forensic Science Certificate from Hamline University, and a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law).
Andrew is a Minneapolis native, and currently resides in the Fulton neighborhood with his wife and two young daughters. He plays drums in his spare time, dabbles in home brewing, and enjoys tinkering in his basement workshop.
Jennifer was born and raised in New York City, where her parents met after migrating from the Dominican Republic. Jennifer is the youngest of three children and the first college graduate in the family. She holds a bachelor's degree in Fire Science from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and is always seeking to learn more, with an interest in a wide variety of subjects.
Before joining Artspace in 2014, Jennifer was a project manager at El Barrio's Operation Fightback, a property management and community organization focused on housing, economic development, and social service needs of East Harlem's El Barrio neighborhood. Her bright and easygoing personality, along with her deep understanding of the El Barrio neighborhood, brought great strength and coordination to Artspace's largest project to date: El Barrio's Artspace PS109; of which Jennifer is the Asset Manager.
Haley joined Artspace in 2017. As Project Manager, she supports new project development as well as refinancing efforts for existing projects in Artspace's portfolio. Haley received a Master of Public Policy in 2017 from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance. When she is not at Artspace, you can find Haley out and about in nature, dogsitting for her coworkers, exploring the local art scene, or playing her flute in the Encore Wind Ensemble.
Amanda works with the Chicago ACT Collective, which builds political artistic collaboration and dialogue across Chicago’s communities.
She also serves on the Pilsen Housing Cooperative (PIHCO) Steering Committee. PIHCO is a limited equity, scattered site housing cooperative for longtime residents of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
Amanda co-grant writes and facilitates strategic planning for Instituto Grafico de Chicago (IGC), a printmaking collective dedicated to maintaining the critical activist tradition of Latino and Latin-American printmaking that unites communities of struggle around the world.
She works for the City of Chicago and Alderman Ricardo Muñoz as a public servant in the 22nd Ward-Public Service Office. As part of a four member team, Amanda works on behalf of more than sixty thousand residents in five predominantly Mexican and African-American working class communities on Chicago’s south and southwest sides.
Jeremy served as Project Manager for First Peoples Fund (FPF), a national Native led non-profit, who puts artists and culture bears at the center of community development.
Through FPF, he managed the First Peoples Fund’s Indigenous Arts Ecology Grant program and grantees from all across the continental U.S. and in Alaska and Hawaii.
He was also the Program Manager and a certified instructor of FPF’s flagship training, Native Artist Professional Development (NAPD) training, and managed a large network of national and regional artist coaches and business coaches and certifying new trainers.
In 2015, he directly oversaw all the programming and community outreach of the Rolling Rez Arts (RRA) mobile unit, a state-of-the-art mobile arts space, business training center, and mobile bank that made its first appearance on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Julie Alexander joined Artspace in 2014. She is the regional Asset Manager located in Seattle, Washington. Julie manages six Artspace properties which include four properties in Washington state: Everett Lofts in Everett; TK Arts, Tashiro Arts, Hiawatha, and Mt. Baker Lofts in Seattle; Everett Station in Portland, Oregon; and Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, California.
Julie comes to Artspace through one of our partner organizations in Washington State, Impact Capital, where she serviced and underwrote loans for Washington state projects that housed or served low-income residents.
Julie is also a wife and mother of two daughters, an artist, and has two cats and two chickens.
Kimberly Moore joined Artspace in 2011 as an Asset Manager. She is responsible for managing assets in Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, Florida, and Illinois. With more than 20 years of public and private management experience, Kimberly’s areas of expertise include managing projects as the key point-of-contact for community stakeholders, business owners, developers, and residents in community planning and economic development. Prior to joining Artspace, Kimberly was a project manager with the City of Chicago, where she managed the implementation of the Bronzeville Redevelopment plan and project area, as well as the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation
Kimberly holds a Master of Project Management, with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. She is a member of the Project Management Institute and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Kathleen Kvern is Senior Vice President of National Advancement at Artspace. The core responsibility of this position is to raise the private funds necessary to complete individual Artspace projects in communities across the country.
Prior to joining Artspace Kathleen was Development Director for Northwoods NiiJii (NiiJii means “friends” in Ojibwe), a nonprofit Economic Development organization located in rural Northern Wisconsin assisting Native American communities. While there she developed and implemented a regional Woodland Indian Arts Initiative, and opened the Woodland Indian Art Center located on the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation. Prior to Northwoods NiiJii, Kathleen worked at the Walker Art Center as Project Director of mnartists.org, providing her with a depth of knowledge working with individual artists, community building in the arts, and internet technologies and social networking.
Kathleen has a strong entrepreneurial background and was co-founder and owner of The Fine Line in Chicago; and assisted in opening Studium in Manhattan. She was a founding member of the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization and has done independent consulting and development work for diverse organizations including the Minnesota Museum of American Art, All My Relations Gallery, the Loring Park Art Festival, and the Madeline Island School of the Arts.
Being part of a creative community and developing her own creativity and creative process is vital to her sense of well being. She participated in Intermedia Arts’ leadership program, The Creative Community Leadership Institute, one of only a few programs nationwide to provide comprehensive, professional-level training and support for local, community-engaged artists and community developers.
Kathleen lives in South Minneapolis with her daughter, Emma, and their squirrel-chasing English Springer Spaniel, Daisy.
Stacey Mickelson joined the Artspace team in 2001. Mr. Mickelson was raised in Minot, North Dakota, and represented that community for six years in the North Dakota House of Representatives. Elected in 1994, he was one of the youngest legislators in the state’s history. He went on to win subsequent elections in 1996 and 1998 before retiring from elective office.
As Vice President of Government Relations he was responsible for the public funding effort of the Minnesota Cowles Center campaign, leading a team that secured $12 million from the Minnesota Legislature. He has also secured nearly $1 million in federal funds for education efforts at the Cowles Center for Dance, resulting in the creation of a national, award-winning, technology-based distance education program with a global reach.Together with Artspace staff and other leaders, he has helped secure additional funds, numbering in the millions, to support other key projects in the Artspace portfolio.
In 2008, as part of a consortium of other Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) housing developers, Mickelson helped influence change in federal policy that clarified the General Public Use Requirement of the LIHTC Code to explicitly protect the creation of affordable live/work spaces for artists and their families.
In addition to his VP role at Artspace, Mickelson works within the National Advancement division of Artspace.
Shannon has been a member of the National Advancement team at Artspace since 2004. In her time at Artspace she has helped raise more than $35 million philanthropic and private sector funds for the organization’s general operations and its affordable live/work and other arts facilities projects in communities across the country. In her position as Vice President, Shannon is responsible for project-based campaigns in communities where Artspace is at work developing local arts spaces; stewardship of funder and stakeholder relationships; and leadership to the National Advancement department and Artspace’s consulting and property development teams. Shannon recently relocated to Denver with her family and has a team role in all Artspace activities in Colorado.
Shannon received a Master of Public Policy in 2004 from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, where she specialized in nonprofit management. She received B.A. degrees in Women’s Studies and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1995.
Before joining Artspace, Shannon worked for the Minneapolis YWCA as a youth specialist in the Discovery leadership-development program for 10 to 12 year old girls. Before joining the YWCA she was program coordinator for the Minneapolis South High School Women’s Resource Center. She has participated in many local professional and community-volunteer efforts including conference and workshop planning, freelance writing, and fundraising consulting.
Dana Mattice joined Artspace in 2017 as Grants Writer/Communications Specialist. Passionate about spotlighting inspiring people and projects, Dana connects those stories to funders, media outlets, and communities. Dana brings a decade of arts nonprofit experience to her role, and was previously the Interim Executive Director and Development & Communications Director at the Duluth Art Institute, where she increased grant funding by more than 60%. Prior to relocating to Minnesota, Dana lived in Houston, Texas, and was the Publicist for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she was named “Best Flack” by the Houston Press. Originally from Wisconsin, Dana holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in Art and English. She also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Dana lives in Saint Paul and enjoys reading novels, visiting art galleries, cooking, hiking in the woods with her dog, camping, and traveling.
Kate Tucker joined Artspace in 2016. As the Director of National Advancement, she works with donors for their ongoing support of Artspace.
Kate has been in fundraising for over a decade, always with a strong passion for the arts and education. Most recently she was the Development Director at Lake Country School, and prior to that, she worked in individual giving at the Walker Art Center. Kate also worked in prospect research at the University of Minnesota, and gift planning at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She first became interested in fundraising as an intern at Interlochen Center for the Arts after seeing the positive impact scholarships had on students.
Kate has a master's degree in Art History from the University of St. Thomas. She focused her studies on the intersection between art patrons and artists for building creative communities. Kate also holds a bachelor's degree in English.
Kate lives in South Minneapolis with her husband, two children, and dog. She considers herself an adopted Minnesotan after growing up in six different states, but will claim herself an Iowan or Michigander depending on her audience. A self-proclaimed TV addict, Kate is emotionally attached to whatever show she's currently watching. When not at work, Kate can be found scouting out the newest restaurant that allows toddlers, walking or biking around the lakes, or channeling all of her creative energy into making a new, theme-specific playlist.
Born to native Somali parents, Zamzam was born in Saudi Arabia where most of her childhood was spent before moving to Jordan and then to the states settling in Colorado prior to relocating to Minnesota in 2018. Her identities are manifold, yet her most treasured identity is being a global citizen. A graduate from Colorado State University, Zamzam holds a B.A. in Journalism and Media Communications. She supported communications efforts for various local organizations and served as the Communications and Social Media Coordinator for the Office of Colorado State University’s (CSU) Events and Donor Engagement.
Wendy Holmes is curious about cities, and what makes them work well and equitably. She’s lived in Minnesota since attending Macalester College, but her roots are on an Illinois farm, which is now an organic farm where her daughter goes to occasional “farm camp.” Wendy has worked for the Walker Art Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio, and her alma mater.
Ask Wendy what she does and she’ll tell you that she and her team of five are “community whisperers.” She is always on the go to new places—large and small—to help figure out puzzles that lead to equitable community development where creative people and organizations have a strong voice at the table.
Wendy has been active on local and national boards and advisory committees including James Sewell Ballet, the Urban Land Institute, Cantus, the Minneapolis Park Foundation, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She has been a speaker at numerous national arts and urban affairs conferences, as well as a guest lecturer at the University of St. Thomas, Macalester College, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota. Wendy is a national resource for information about urban redevelopment issues, and has been interviewed by many local and national publications.
Teri Deaver joined Artspace in 1997. With a background in the performing arts, she has a particular sensitivity to the plight of artists seeking affordable space. She began her tenure at Artspace in the Asset Management division where responsibilities included leasing, property management oversight, annual budgeting, and artist relations. As Director of Asset Management she oversaw Artspace's portfolio and worked with the Board of Directors' task force on Asset Management while maintaining asset management responsibilities for the Hennepin Center for the Arts, Spinning Plate, and the Riverside Artist Lofts. Other roles at Artspace have included project development work for the Riverside Artist Lofts in Reno, NV; and project management of various predevelopment and consulting projects nationally.
In her current role as V.P. of Consulting & Strategic Partnerships, she works with communities nationally as they embark on arts development projects including affordable live/work, creative incubators, studio and non-residential creative space, facility expansion, and the infrastructure necessary to sustain the community’s vision for their artists and creative sector.
Anna Growcott joined Artspace in 2012, upon returning home to Minneapolis after living just about everywhere else. From Chicago to China, and New York to Australia, she has worked in a wide range of communities as a dancer, educator, and presenter-- and even picked up a few foreign languages along the way.
As Director of Consulting & Strategic Partnerships, Anna works with communities and arts organizations that are at various stages of envisioning affordable space for the arts. This often includes working with civic leaders to assess the feasibility and market for creating new, sustainable, affordable space for the creative sector in their communities. Other times, this work is focused on individual arts organizations planning for a new facility. Anna is particularly interested in how Artspace's community-led development approach can be scaled to support both larger regional and state planning, as well as smaller organizations' decision-making processes. She leads Artspace Immersion, a cohort program focused on capacity building for organizations that are planning for space-related initiatives.
Anna graduated from Northwestern University as a Cognitive Science major, a Spanish minor, and an unofficial member of the Dance department.
When she is not at Artspace, you might find Anna teaching Pilates or searching for surf waves.
Aneesha Marwah joined Artspace’s Consulting and Strategic Partnerships (CSP) team in June 2017. She moved to Minneapolis from Chicago, where she previously worked for Goodman Williams Group, a real estate research firm. Aneesha earned her Master of Urban Planning and Policy with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2015. Major projects she’s involved with at Artspace include the Preliminary Feasibility and Arts Market Studies for Artspace’s consulting communities. Before joining Artspace, her work included transit-oriented development studies, downtown master planning, and market studies.
Prior to moving to Chicago for graduate school, Aneesha lived in New Orleans for nine years, where she attended Tulane University and was the Legislative Aide to State Representative Jared Brossett. The position gave her valuable insight into the relationship between politics and urban planning, and furthered her interest in affordable housing policy, art as a tool for economic development, and the need to preserve space for culturally distinct communities. Aneesha spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, and her love for travel and learning about new communities has not waned. She brings her knowledge and experience living and working in different parts of the world to the CSP team and looks forward to continuing to assist communities creating affordable spaces for artists.
Aneesha is a 2019 Fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. When she is not at Artspace, you can find Aneesha playing with her big puppy, Paws; exploring all the amazing bike trails in the Twin Cities; or drinking a beer at one of the many North Loop breweries.
Naomi Marx joined Artspace in 2011 as an Asset Manager. Her projects included Spinning Plate Artist Lofts in Pittsburgh; Read’s Artspace in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Artspace Buffalo Lofts in Buffalo, New York; Artspace Patchogue Lofts in Patchogue, New York; and El Barrio’s Artspace in New York City.
Prior to joining Artspace, Marx worked as a Senior Analyst at Schwan's; Project Manager at Springsted Incorporated; and Analyst at General Mills.
She graduated from St. Catherine University with a B.S. in International Business and Economics.
As a native of the Twin Cities, Lyndsey comes to Artspace from a theatre and production background. Having worked behind the scenes in theatre from an early age, she has done everything from changing sets backstage to calling cues from the booth of a theatre.
In 2015, Lyndsey graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a degree in Theatre Art. During her time there she stage managed productions such as Vinegar Tom and Les Miserables. She also spent time on the East Coast working as an Apprentice at Hartford Stage in Connecticut, working on productions of Rear Window starring Kevin Bacon, and on the premiere of the musical Anastasia. She then worked at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York, and Fort Worth Opera in Texas. Last season she worked at Theatre B in Moorhead, MN as their Interim Operations Manager.
In her free time, Lyndsey enjoys spending time outdoors, seeing local theatre, and trying out new restaurants.