Board of Commissioners

  • The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners, two of whom are public housing residents (one from family and one from highrise). The board members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council members.
  • The commissioners are responsible for approving the agency’s annual budget and for setting policy. MPHA’s Executive Director/CEO, Gregory Russ, serves the Board.
  • Regular Board meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month except in November and December when meetings are held on the third Wednesday due to the holidays. Agendas, Packets, and monthly Performance Reports are normally published on this page the prior week. Meetings are sometimes cancelled and notices of cancellations will be posted on the meeting and agenda packet page.
Sharmarke IssaSharmarke Issa grew up in subsidized housing in Minneapolis and lived for 17 years in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Mr. Issa is an alumnus of Edison High School and Minnesota State University Mankato, graduating with a Bachelors in Urban and Regional Studies and a Masters in Urban Planning. Mr. Issa believes that everyone has a fundamental human right to a safe, secure, habitable, and affordable home and that MPHA must assure tenants can live in security, peace, and dignity. Mr. Issa is an entrepreneur and currently operates a small business in south Minneapolis.

Mr. Beckmen believes that housing is a human right.  Since July of 2013, Mikkel has served as the Director of the Office to End Homelessness for Minneapolis and Hennepin County.  The Office to End Homelessness is charged with coordinating the community’s implementation of the 10 year plan to end homelessness, “Heading Home Hennepin.” He is currently the Hennepin County Housing Coordinator.

Commissioner Beckmen is a graduate of Luther College and resides in Minneapolis, the town he loves and grew up in.

Commissioner Isse is a resident of Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.  He works for Target Corporation and part-time for Marsden.  He would like to help the community by serving on this board.  Commissioner Isse is married and has two children, ages 2 and 4.

Ms. Letofsky brings over 20 years of experience working with communities on economic development and affordable housing. Through Mill City Consulting, Ms. Letofsky supports community-based organizations and efforts with project management, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to starting MCC, Ms. Letofsky served as a policy aide for former Mayor R.T. Rybak, where her issue areas included housing. Prior to joining the mayor’s office, she worked as an executive director for several neighborhood organizations and started the City of Lakes Community Land Trust which provides permanently affordable home ownership opportunities in Minneapolis. She was appointed in 2015 to represent District 8 on the Metropolitan Council.

Tamir Mohamud is a long-time resident of 1515 Park Avenue South and has held many leadership positions at the building, area and citywide level.  He is currently MHRC Vice-President, a member of the MHRC Active Living Advisory Committee, the Project Lookout Coordinator for his building and president of his building resident council.  He also co-chairs his building’s community vegetable gardening committee.

Mr. Mohamud is active in the Elliot Park Neighborhood Organization and frequently presents public housing resident concerns and recommendations at town hall meetings and other public forums.  Tamir also advocates for public housing resident concerns regarding safe walking and other pedestrian issues as a member of the City’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The Honorable James Rosenbaum is currently an arbitrator and mediator with JAMS, an alternate dispute resolution provider. Prior to joining JAMS, he served 25 years on the federal bench as a United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota and for the four years prior, as Minnesota’s United States Attorney. He served as Chief Judge of the District, represented the Eighth Circuit at the Judicial Conference for eight years, and served on the Conference’s Executive Committee. He retired from the bench in August 2010. Judge Rosenbaum resided over many cases including the Hollman Consent Decree. He has amassed many honors including being named one of “The 100 Most Influential Minnesota Lawyers of All Time”, Minnesota Law & Politics magazine, August 2007

Tessa Wetjen is a life-long resident of Minneapolis with experience in health and human services.  Tessa is committed to supporting locally-led work to improve the well-being of all community members, with a specific interest in the health of children and families. Tessa has directed a faith-based nonprofit serving youth and families in Minneapolis; provided services to resettle refugees; helped to launch the One Minneapolis Fund at the City of Minneapolis; led public health efforts to impact policy and systems for East African refugees in the Twin Cities; and implemented state-wide strategies to connect pregnant and parenting women with mental health services. Currently, she works as a Program Officer for the Otto Bremer Trust. Tessa has a Masters in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate dual degree in Mathematics and Government from New Mexico State University.

Faith Xiong is an Associate at Zan Associates working on transportation planning and construction communication and engagement within culturally diverse neighborhoods. Ms. Xiong has lived in Minneapolis since the age of 10. She currently lives in the Jordan neighborhood in North Minneapolis with her partner, and has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, where she concentrated on transportation and community development planning. Ms. Xiong believes that housing is an essential need to help individuals and families achieve dreams and raise future leaders.