RiverFirst Initiative Managing Partners each consider community participation in the process very important. Due to the scope and complexity of the RiverFirst system, multiple types of participation will be carried out, ranging from site-based community engagement to constituency building at the community, regional and even national levels.


Leadership Cultivation

The RiverFirst Initiative will cultivate relationships with key leadership organizations and individuals from the public and private sectors whose support is critical to the success of both RiverFirst Projects and the Vision.

Steering Committee

Local, state and national leadership stakeholders representing a range of private and public organizations with an interest in the Mississippi River and parks and city building in Minneapolis and the region; they provide guidance, expertise, resources and connections.

Last Name First name Title/Org
Gears Cris 3 Rivers Park District
Wilson David Accenture
VonDeLinde John Anoka County Parks
Wilson Craig ASLA
Drach David Canadian Pacific
Swintek Al Centerpoint
Hofstede Diane City Council Member
Johnson Barb City Council Member
Reich Kevin City Council Member
Dell Jody Coloplast
Hanson Willis Jeremy CPED
Shogren Beth DID
Peterson Larry DNR
Dunnwald Tom East Side Co-op
Fields Amy East Side Co-op
Clark Whitney FMR
Rockwell Win Gateway
Addicks Mark General Mills
Ahlers David Graco
Brunswick Jacques Guthrie
McLaughlin Peter Hennepin County Commissioner
Opat Mike Hennepin County Commissioner
Cummings Roger Juxtaposition Arts
Strangis Ralph KSK
Strawn Mark LaFarge
Rybak R.T. Mayor
Coogan Jay MCAD
Tennant Melvin Meet Minneapolis
Born Pat Met Council
Lamb Brian Metro Transit
Crippen John MHS
Feldman Kaywin Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Bennet Susan Minneapolis Parks Foundation
deLaittre Mary Minneapolis Parks Foundation
Reyelts Paul Minneapolis Parks Foundation
Snyder Doug Mississippi Watershed Mgmt Org.
Sorel Thomas MNDOT
Labovitz Paul MNRRA
Acvhen Dan MPF
Chamberlain Bruce MPRB
Fine Bob MPRB
Miller Jayne MPRB
Olson Jon MPRB
Wielinski Liz MPRB
Bollinger Mark MPS
Snider Michelle MRPA
Meyer Tom MS&R
Norback David RSP Architects
Rudnicki Bill Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux
Seeb Patrick St. Paul Riverfront Dev. Corp
Champion Bobby Jo State Representative
Kahn Phyllis State Representative
Loeffler Diane State Representative
Mullery Joe State Representative
Higgins Linda State Senator
Griffith John Target Corporation
Schmidt Susan TPL
Bruininks Bob University of Minnesota
Fisher Tom University of Minnesota
Blauvelt Andrew Walker Art Center
Adelmann Paul Xcel Energy


Project-based Community Engagement

As lead agencies on project development, the Minneapolis Park Board and the City of Minneapolis will implement community engagement for their RiverFirst Projects.

Future Implementation Collaborators

Following the start-up stage of RiverFirst, many additional organizations and individuals from both the public and private sector, together with the Managing Partners and Steering Committee, will be instrumental in the implementation and development of RiverFirst Projects.