Board Members

 

 

 

 

Chair - Deanna Wiener

Deanna Wiener

 

Deanna Wiener was appointed in March of 2011 by Governor Mark Dayton for a term ending in January of 2015. She fills the position of a former DFL legislator and served as a state senator from 1993-2003. Ms. Wiener has been a Realtor since 1977 and is currently a Broker and Co-owner of Cardinal Realty Co. She is also a partner in land development businesses. Currently she serves as a director to the National Association of Realtors and is a board member of the St. Paul Association of Realtors and serves on the board of the Friends of the Mississippi. She is a graduate of St. Mary's Jr. College, now St. Catherine's, with an associate degree in nursing.

 

 

 

 

Vice Chair - George Beck

George Beck

 

George Beck was appointed to the Board in February of 2012 by Governor Mark Dayton for a term ending in January of 2016. He fills a Board position requiring a member who has not been a public official, held any political party office other than precinct delegate, or been elected to public office for which party designation is required by statute in the three years preceding the member's appointment. Judge Beck is a retired administrative law judge who served in that position for nearly 30 years. He presently works as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and also serves on the Hennepin County Human Resources Board. Judge Beck holds a BA degree from the University of Chicago and a JD degree from the University of Minnesota Law School

 

 

 

Ed Oliver

 

Ed Oliver was appointed in June of 2013 by Governor Dayton for a term ending in January of 2017. He fills a Board position that has no restrictions on previous political activities. Mr. Oliver was a member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1993 - 2002, and served as an Assistant Minority Leader from 1998 - 2002. Mr. Oliver is an arbitrator with FINRA Dispute Resolution, Inc., and is owner and president of Oliver Financial. He currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Mississippi River, and previously served on the Minnesota State Arts Board and as a member of the Great Lakes Commission. Mr. Oliver is a University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts graduate where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics.

 

 

Neil Peterson

Neil Peterson

 

Neil Peterson was appointed in February of 2012 by Governor Mark Dayton for a term ending in January of 2016. He fills the position of a former RPM legislator and served as a state representative from 2005 - 2008. Mr. Peterson is active in the second half of his business career in commercial/industrial real estate, client advisory and property management. The first half of his business career was in commercial banking.  Concurrently, he was elected to public office in Bloomington, serving four terms on the city council and three terms as mayor; his last term overseeing the construction and opening of the Mall of America.    He was appointed to the Metropolitan Council by Governor Carlson and served 4 years before withdrawing from public office in 1999.  During his two terms in the state legislature Mr. Peterson was recognized for involvement in passage of legislation for the new Twins Stadium, Smoke Free Minnesota, and transportation funding. He has a degree in economics from Hastings College, Hastings Nebraska, and Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University. He is married to his high school sweetheart Patricia, and they enjoy their three daughters and eight grandchildren.

 

 

Christian Sande

Christian Sande

 

Christian Sande was appointed to the Board in October 2013 by Governor Mark Dayton to fill a vacancy in a term that ends in January of 2015.  He occupies a Board position for a member who has not been a public official, held any political party office other than precinct delegate, or been elected to public office for which party designation is required by statute in the three years preceding the member's appointment. Mr. Sande is an attorney in private practice focusing on securities fraud litigation and antitrust and consumer fraud class actions.  In the years prior to his appointment, Mr. Sande was a candidate for statewide office and has served as treasurer and legal counsel for several political funds and candidate committees.  He is a member of the Minnesota and Washington State Bar Associations and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.  He is a graduate of Hamline University College of Liberal Arts and William Mitchell College of Law.