Aeon’s board of directors welcomed five new members: Suado Abdi, Jackie Foster, Tanessa Greene, Tom Hoffman and Martha Nevanen. “Our dedicated board serves with the passion and heart needed to have an impact on our community,” says Aeon CEO & President Alan Arthur. “We are excited to have individuals with new perspectives and diverse experiences join us to support Aeon’s mission.”
Suado Abdi is a City Planner for the City of Minneapolis and has extensive knowledge of zoning, city process and policy, and the project review process for real estate development. Before becoming a city planner, Suado was a Graduate Fellow at Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) and at Hope Community, an organization Aeon partnered with to develop The Rose, an award-winning sustainable property in Minneapolis. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Housing, Community and Economic Development from University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Suado is also a current board member of the Minneapolis Food Council.
Jackie Foster is a Senior Patient Education Specialist at Be The Match® where she develops educational programs and resources for patients and families. She is also a registered nurse and holds a certification in oncology nursing. Jackie has served on the board of the Cancer Patient Education Network and currently volunteers as a tutor for nursing students through the International Institute of Minnesota. She received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in nursing and Hispanic studies from St. Olaf College.
Tanessa Greene is the Manager of Small Business Procurement for Hennepin County, where she is responsible for driving the economic inclusion of small businesses in Hennepin County contracting opportunities. Prior to joining Hennepin County, Tanessa founded Signature Solutions Consulting, where for over 14 years she led nonprofit leaders in the development of high-impact programming that improved the health, education and economic stability of underserved communities of color. She has also led the revitalization of Minneapolis Way to Grow, a city-wide school readiness program, and the reorganization of North Point Inc., a community-based agency providing economic stability services in North Minneapolis. Tanessa has served on numerous boards and committees including, The Citizens League, Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCad) and Ascension Academy High School.
Tom Hoffman is a Senior Vice President with Colliers International, where he identifies optimal tenant-focused, occupier solutions for a wide range of Colliers International clients and prospects. He has nearly 20 years of real estate experience, both on the commercial and residential side of brokerage. Tom began his real estate career specializing in multi-family and residential investment property re-development and sales. He holds a B.A. from Augsburg College. Tom is currently the president of the board of governors at Temple Israel in Minneapolis. He is also a past board member of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors and is active in the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors.
Martha Nevanen is the Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications for NorthMarq Capital, a commercial real estate mortgage banking firm with offices across the U.S. She is an award-winning strategic communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, commercial insurance and public-private partnerships. Martha has been an active volunteer for 20 years for CornerHouse, the Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative, IABC (the International Association of Business Communicators) and St. Thomas Becket Church. Martha holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Aeon is a nonprofit developer, owner and manager of high-quality affordable apartments and townhomes which serve nearly 8,000 people annually in the Twin Cities area. Since 1986, Aeon has been committed to helping people create homes where they feel safe and connected to the community around them. We believe that home changes everything. For more information, visit aeon.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.