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. Citizens are welcome to attend the meetings.
The MAC's chairman and 12 of the 14 commissioners are appointed by the Governor of Minnesota. Eight of the 12 commissioners represent districts within the metropolitan area, while the remaining four represent the interests of outstate Minnesota.
In addition, one commissioner is appointed by the mayor of the City of Minneapolis and another is appointed by the mayor of the City of St. Paul to represent those cities.
The commissioners' four-year terms are staggered.
Carl Crimmins - District A
Carl Crimmins, a board member since March 2011, is currently a member of the Minnesota Rehabilitation Review Panel, the Trustee Candidate Advisory Council and serves as Chairman of the Board for the Basic Institute for Zonal African Advancement, an international non-profit to eliminate child trafficking.
Crimmins is also a member of the Product Certification and Standards Council for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, is a lifetime member of the 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia and is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He resides in Champlin.
Commissioner Crimmins serves on the Operations, Finance and Administration committee.
Braj Agrawal - District B
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.
Katie Clark Sieben - District C
Katie Clark Sieben was appointed to the MAC by Gov. Mark Dayton in January 2017.
Clark Sieben is the Director of the Cargill Foundation, which focuses on K-12 education and childhood nutrition in Minneapolis and its north/ west suburbs. The position also oversees Cargill’s Global Scholars Program.
Her public service experience includes serving as the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and as Executive Director of the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO). Clark Sieben also has years of experience in business development and the private sector, including with Target Corporation. Clark Sieben also served as the Director of Community Relations for a startup wind energy developer, National Wind, and as Finance Director for Mark Dayton for a Better Minnesota.
In addition to the MAC board, she currently serves on the advisory boards for the University of Minnesota Carlson School Global Institute and the University of Minnesota Office for Technology Commercialization.
Clark Sieben graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a recipient of the 2012 MSP Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” Award, the MSP Business Journal's "13 People to Watch" in 2013 and the Minnesota Business Magazine's "Power 50" Award in 2014.
Clark-Sieben serves on the Planning, Development and Environment Committee.
Steve Cramer - District D
Steve Cramer was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in December 2012. He is the president and chief executive officer of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District. Previously, he served as president and executive director of Project for Pride in Living, director of the Hennepin County Department of Housing, Community Works and Transit and as the executive director of the Minneapolis Community Development Agency. Mr. Cramer served on the Minneapolis City Council for ten years from 1984 – 1993.
He received his M.A. in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and his B.S. in urban planning from the University of Tulsa. Currently, he is chair of the Minnesota Ballpark Authority and serves on the board of the Twin Cities Community Land Bank. Mr. Cramer also previously served on the MAC board from 1994-1999, being appointed by then-mayor of Minneapolis Sharon Sayles-Belton.
Cramer serves on the Planning, Development and Envrionment committee.
James Deal - District E
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 - District F
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 - District G
Richard Ginsberg was appointed to the MAC by Gov. Mark Dayton in January 2017.
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 - District H
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.
Leili Fatehi - City of Minneapolis
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 - City of St. Paul
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 - Outstate, St. Cloud
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).
Don Monaco - Outstate, Duluth
Commissioner Monaco represents outstate Minnesota and is chair of the MAC's Operations, Finance and Administration Committee.
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 and part owner the Lark O’ the Lake Café. 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., Vice-Chairman of the Board of Republic Bank in Duluth, 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. 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.
Dixie Hoard - Outstate, Thief River Falls
Dixie Hoard, of Thief River Falls, was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton on February 9, 2015.
Hoard, a Realtor serving the Thief River Falls area, previously worked as a flight attendant for almost 30 years for Northwest Orient Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and later Delta Air Lines, where she was based out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, flying mainly international routes.
Hoard lives in Thief River Falls with her husband, Chuck, of 29 years. She has two grown children.
Hoard serves on the Operations, Finance and Administration committee.
Randy Schubring - Outstate, Rochester
Randy Schubring, of Rochester, was appointed to the Metropolitan Airports Commission in June 2016 by Governor Mark Dayton. 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 Operations, Finance and Administration committee.