Press Release

Aeon Chief Real Estate Officer Laura Russ Appointed to University of Minnesota’s Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute Board of Advisors

Russ, an affordable housing expert who oversees the 60 properties of Aeon, joined the Board of Advisors on March 11 

Aeon, a nonprofit developer, owner and manager of almost 6,000 affordable homes across the Twin Cities, announced that its Chief Real Estate Officer, Laura Russ, was appointed to the University of Minnesota’s Heller-Hurwicz Economics Insitute (HHEI) Board of Advisors.  

“I’m excited to work with HHEI at the University of MN to connect economics research to practical social and economic questions,” said Russ. “We can all help to bridge academic research with practical implementation to help create better public policies.” 

Started in 2010, HHEI seeks to ‘advance Minnesota’s legacy of producing field-shaping research and to build a bridge between its world-class economic research and policy that promotes the public good.’  

Russ joined Aeon in February 2023 and oversees housing development, property operations and asset management. Her extensive background in multifamily operations, combined with her expansive knowledge of operations and systems, has made her an essential part of the Aeon leadership team. 

“The Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute is a highly regarded group and Laura is the perfect appointee to its advisory board,” said Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson, Aeon President and CEO. “Given our work at Aeon that constantly has us finding new ways to bridge the gaps between policies and practical outcomes, I’m glad to have someone like Laura bringing her perspective and expertise to this table.”