Board of Commissioners

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and six smaller general aviation airports within the metro area. The MAC chairman and 14 commissioners meet monthly to represent the interests of the community in decisions related to these airports. Community members are welcome to attend the meetings.

Our board members serve four-year terms at the discretion of the elected officials who appoint them. The board hires the MAC’s CEO, who is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at our airports and the long-term plans for the future.

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Meet the Commissioners

Rick_King Rick_King

Rick King was reappointed to the Metropolitan Airports Commission by Governor Tim Walz in July 2019, at the same time being named Chair of the MAC board. He was first appointed to the Board in 2011 by Gov. Mark Dayton, who reappointed him in 2015. King is also past chair of both the MAC's Management and Operations Committee and the Planning, Development and Environment Committee.

King recently retired from Thomson Reuters after more than 20 years, serving as CIO, CTO, COO and Managing Director.  Previously, he held executive-level positions at Ceridian Employer Services, Jostens Learning and WICAT Systems Inc. King began his career as a teacher and coach in Vermont.

King was elected to the board of directors of TCF Financial Corporation in 2014. He also serves on the board of trustees for Minnesota Public Radio. 

King was also named by Governor Tim Walz to chair the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Council on IT in February 2019 and chaired Minnesota’s Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force between 2008 – 2009 having been named by former Governor Tim Pawlenty.  In 2020, King received many awards for his leadership in technology including the CIO of the Year Leadership ORBIE from TwinCitiesCIO and a special Lifetime Achievement Tekne award from the Minnesota Technology Association, both in 2020. 

King earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Vermont. He has two grown children and resides in Eden Prairie with his wife.

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Braj Agrawal Braj Agrawal

Governor Tim Walz appointed Braj Agrawal to the MAC Board in September 2019. He is currently a Portfolio Manager and Managing Trader for Columbia Threadneedle Investments.  

Agrawal received his MBA from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business and his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He currently resides in Eden Prairie with his wife, Hetal of 15 years, and three children.

James Lawrence James Lawrence

James Lawrence was appointed to the MAC in February 2021 by Gov. Tim Walz.

Mr. Lawrence is Chairman of Lake Harriet Capital LLC, a private investment firm. Previously, Mr. Lawrence served as chairman of Rothschild North America and earlier as Chief Executive Officer of Rothschild North America and as co-head of global investment banking at Rothschild from 2010 to 2015. 

Prior to Rothschild, Mr. Lawrence was Chief Financial Officer of the Anglo Dutch company, Unilever, and he served as Executive Director on the boards of Unilever NV and Unilever PLC.  He joined Unilever in 2007 after serving as the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial officer of General Mills for nine years.  Also, he had responsibility for General Mills’ international business.  Prior to General Mills Mr. Lawrence was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Airlines from 1996 to 1998, and before that Mr. Lawrence was a division president at PepsiCo, serving as CEO of Pepsi-Cola Asia, Middle East, Africa from 1992 to 1996. 

In 1983, he cofounded The LEK Partnership in London.  Before that he was partner of Bain and Company, having opened their London and Munich offices.  His first job after business school was working for The Boston Consulting Group. 

Mr. Lawrence is currently a Non-Executive director of Avnet Inc., Smurfit Kappa group and AerCap and until 2018, IAG (International Consolidated Airlines Group).  Since 1990, Mr. Lawrence has served on 17 public company boards, several private company boards and numerous non-profit boards. In his various roles, he has been advisor or principal in numerous mergers, activist campaigns, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures. 

Mr. Lawrence earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Timothy Baylor Timothy Baylor

Timothy Baylor was appointed to the MAC in February 2021 by Governor Tim Walz. He is the founder and CEO of the JADT Companies. He founded JADT Development Group, LLC in 1985 and JADT Food Group, LLC in 1997. He has led several development projects in the Minneapolis area including land, retail, commercial, mixed-use and luxury housing projects. As a former Minneapolis Planning Commissioner and former Real Estate Representative for the McDonald’s Corporation, Tim has a diverse and varied experience in the multifaceted real estate development process.

Tim has been a licensed broker in Maryland and Minnesota and has been a licensed real estate appraiser and an MAI candidate with the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers. He has also been a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) candidate with the National Association of Realtors. 

He is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute of Minnesota. Through JADT Food Group, Tim serves as the owner/operator and manager of several McDonald’s restaurant locations in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. Tim has served as the Government Relations Chair of the McDonald’s Midwest Region, as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, and as the Vice President and Government Relations lead for the National Black McDonald’s Owners Association.

Tim has served on several civic and professional associations, including the Board of the Minneapolis area United Way, the National Football League Research and Education Foundation, the West Broadway Business Association, and the National Association of Minority Contractors of Minnesota. Tim was also a Minnesota Lieutenant Governor candidate in 2006. Tim currently serves on the Boards of the Minneapolis Foundation, the North Memorial Hospital System, MEET Minneapolis, and is a member of the National Football League Players Association.

James Deal James Deal

James Deal is the former owner and chairman of the board of NAU, Mountain States and NAU Country Insurance companies. He was also the former owner and chairman of a national managing general agency, NAU Underwriters. Mr. Deal was appointed by former President Jimmy Carter as administrator for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation from 1977 through 1980. Presently he and his wife, Pam, are the owners of PSD Holding, LLC and its subsidiaries, which are land development companies. Over the years, he has been involved in numerous other ventures which have included real estate development, business investments, farming, recreational vehicle retail sales, travel services, and resort, restaurant and fishing facility operations.

Deal currently serves on the Board of Achieve Services, an organization that creates innovative opportunities to inspire people with disabilities to lead a meaningful and self-determining life. He previously served as Treasurer of ClearWay Minnesota, a non-profit corporation that administers investments and grants tied to the 1998 tobacco settlement; board member on the Anoka Ramsey Community College Foundation and on the primary fundraising arm of the Mercy Hospital Foundation. He was also active in the fundraising for the St. Paul Archdiocese and St. Stephens Church in Anoka, Minnesota.

Deal serves on the Operations, Finance and Administration committee.

Rodney Skoog Rodney Skoog

Governor Tim Walz appointed Rodney Skoog to the Metropolitan Airports Commission board in July 2019.

Mr. Skoog has been the Executive Administrator for the Minnesota Laborers Fringe Benefit Funds since 1991. The Funds are multiemployer employee benefit plans covering more than 28,000 participants throughout the state of Minnesota and North Dakota, providing essential healthcare coverage, retirement security and training benefits. He is also a delegate to the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota. 

Skoog has served as the project leader for the Research Grant Steering Committee, a non-profit entity associated with the Mitchell Hamline College of Law providing grants directed to tobacco cessation programs. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors for HealthWORKS Coalition and a frequent presenter on topics including healthcare, pension, and retirement security.  

Skoog is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities area. He received his B.S. in Finance and Economics from the University of St. Thomas. He has been active in the aviation community since 1995 and holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate and a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. 

Commissioner Skoog serves on the Operating, Finance and Administration Committee.

Richard Ginsberg Richard Ginsberg

Richard Ginsberg was appointed to the MAC by Gov. Mark Dayton in January 2017 and reappointed by Gov. Tim Walz in February 2021.

Ginsberg is the sole proprietor of The Rotunda Group, a government relations firm that focuses on state and local government issues. Previously, he worked in the administration of Governor Rudy Perpich, Hennepin County's Office of Governmental Affairs and the law firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen.

Additionally, Ginsberg served as a member of the Visit Saint Paul Board's Executive Committee and also chaired the board's Building and Finance committees.

Ginsberg was born and raised in Hibbing, Minn., earned his BA in criminal justice and public administration from St. Cloud State University, and completed course work at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. 

Ginsberg serves on the Operations, Finance and Administration commitee.

Yodit Bizen Yodit Bizen

Governor Tim Walz appointed Yodit Bizen to the MAC board in July 2019.

Bizen has been a member of the workforce at the MSP Airport since 2001, and previously worked in occupational therapy for Lake Ridge Healthcare Center and the Wilder Adult Health Care Center. She has also served as a personal care provider with Augestena Health Center, Activity Aide, and JCC. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association.

Commissioner Bizen serves on the Planning, Development and Environment Committee.

Lelil Fatehi Lelil Fatehi

Leili Fatehi was appointed to the MAC by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in January 2018.

Fatehi is owner and principal at Apparatus, a public policy and affairs practice specializing in complex challenges at the nexus of social, natural, and built systems. Before that, she was faculty at the University of Minnesota with cross-appointments at the Law School, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Center for Bioethics and was the co-founding director of the University's Initiative on Governance of Emerging Technological Systems. 

Fatehi serves on the boards of directors of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Transit for Livable Communities/St. Paul Smart Trips. She is also a mayoral appointee to the City of Minneapolis' Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee.

Fatehi holds a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She was a recognized as one of MN Business Magazine's top entrepreneurs under 35 in 2017.

Fatehi serves on the Planning, Development and Environment committee.

Ikram Koliso Ikram Koliso

Ikram Koliso was appointed to the MAC board in May 2018 by Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.

Koliso is a Policy Associate for Mayor Carter’s administration, managing and coordinating the mayor’s Children’s Savings Accounts initiative.

Prior to this, Koliso worked for Allina Health at United Hospital as a care management intern, and as a case management assistant for Hennepin County Multicultural Services. She was also an Urban Scholar for Governor Mark Dayton’s Children’s Cabinet in the summer of 2015.

Koliso is a recent graduate of St. Catherine’s University, graduating as valedictorian with a degree in Social Work and Public Health: Public Policy and is the recipient of St. Catherine’s Mary E. McCahill Leadership Award, Thomas More Leadership Award, and the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Leadership Award

Koliso resides in Saint Paul, MN.

Koliso serves on the Planning, Development and Environment committee.

patti_gartland patti_gartland

Patti Gartland was appointed to the Metropolitan Airports Commission on March 26, 2014 by Governor Dayton, and reappointed in January, 2018. 

In addition to serving as president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, Gartland served as the city administrator for Sartell for nearly 12 years. During her tenure, the city of Sartell experienced a more than 65 percent increase in population growth and development activity totaling nearly a half billion dollars.

Gartland has also served on the boards of the MN Land Trust and the Coalition of Greater MN Cities. She is also past chair of the St. Cloud Area Wastewater Advisory Commission and is a past board member and chair for the United Way of Central Minnesota. 

Gartland is a lifelong resident of the greater St. Cloud community. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University (SCSU). 

DonaldMonaco DonaldMonaco

A resident of Duluth, Monaco is the owner of Monaco Air Duluth, LLC, a full-service, fixed-base operator at the Duluth International Airport serving airline, military, and general aviation customers. He is also the principal owner of the Duluth Flying Club. Previously, Monaco spent 28 years as an international information technology and business management consultant, including 18 years as a partner and senior executive with Accenture in Chicago.

Monaco is currently Chairman of the Board of NASDAQ-listed Monaker Group Inc., chief financial officer of Enderby Entertainment, Inc. president of the Monaco Air Foundation, president of the Duluth International Airport Tenants Association, and treasurer of Honor Flight Northland, among other positions.

He is married to Patricia and has two adult daughters and three grandchildren. Monaco holds a commercial pilot certificate with a Cirrus jet type rating and earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in computer science engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

RandySchubring RandySchubring

Randy Schubring, of Rochester, was appointed to the Metropolitan Airports Commission in June 2016 by Governor Mark Dayton and reappointed by Gov. Tim Walz in February of 2020. He works as State Government Relations and Policy Development Director for Mayo Clinic. In this role, Randy leads strategic planning for public policy development for health care issues at the state and federal levels.

Prior to joining Mayo in 2008, Schubring served in public policy roles for Tubman, a nonprofit devoted to violence prevention, Allina Health System and as political director for Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton. A long-time community leader, Schubring is currently president of his Rochester neighborhood association. He received his M.A. in Public Administration from Hamline University and his B.A. from the University of Minnesota. He has two grown children, Dan and Rachel, and is married to David Dobmeyer.

Schubring is the chair of the Planning, Development and Environment committee.

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