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HPDL Board

The Board of Directors consists of twelve elected members: two representatives from each of the three neighborhoods (Hale, Page, and Diamond Lake) and six at large members. There is no term limit but we ask for a two year commitment. Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings, serve on a committee, and support events that take place throughout the year.


The Board of Directors holds monthly meetings (the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 PM) at the HPDL offices and all HPDL meetings are open to the public.

Jake Schwitzer

President and Treasurer

Jake grew up across the river in St. Paul, and always thought he’d end up settling there permanently.  After a stint in Washington, DC he and his wife Christine fell in love with the lakes and parks of South Minneapolis and bought a home in the Page neighborhood.  They love walking their dog along Minnehaha Creek and look forward to being involved in the neighborhood for years to come.

Bob Jorgenson

Board Member

Bob has lived in the Diamond Lake neighborhood for many years. His previous background is in urban and regional planning where he has a master’s degree.  He has worked in the past with the University of Minnesota in transportation safety, and with the city of Burnsville in research and city zoning.  He enjoys biking and using the city of Minneapolis’s city parks and lakes.

Cory Schaffhausen

Board Member

Cory has lived in south Minneapolis for 8 years and the Hale neighborhood for 4. He and his wife moved frequently until arriving in the neighborhood and are happy to feel like this place will be home for their 2 kids, aged 4 and 8, and big dog and small cats. He enjoys building boats to take out on city lakes, working in a community garden, and exploring the parks and trails by foot and bike with his family.

J.D. Burton

Board Member

J.D. Burton is a longtime Minneapolis resident who, absent a few years in college and Washington, D.C., has lived his entire life in the city. He and his wife have two young children who love Triangle Park, biking the trails, and swimming in Lake Nokomis (as well as the food at Sand Castle!). A Washburn High School grad, J.D. and his family have lived in the HPDL neighborhood since they bought their first house in 2009.

Carrie Henning-Smith

Board Member

Carrie has lived in south Minneapolis since 2010 and in the Page neighborhood since 2018. Altogether, she's lived in seven states, including both coasts (and some time abroad), but the Midwest will always feel like home to her, having grown up mostly in Wisconsin. Professionally, she works in public health, with a focus on how the places we live impact our health and quality of life. Personally, she loves exploring the neighborhood's many parks, Minnehaha Creek, and Lake Nokomis with her husband and two young kids. 

Brittany Resch

Board Member

 Brittany moved to Minneapolis from (very) rural Wisconsin for college 11 years ago. While living in downtown during law school, she dog-sat for co-workers in Hale and quickly fell in love with Lake Nokomis and Carbone's. After graduation, she met Brett, who had just bought a house in Hale, coincidentally across the street from one of the houses for which she dog-sat. Hale is now home for Brittany, Brett, and their pup, Maverick. They enjoy running and roller-skiing around the lake, biking on the Parkway, and using their backyard sauna. Brittany joined the board to help improve the neighborhood and know what’s going on.

Katie Krisch

Board Member

Katie has lived in South Minneapolis since 2011 and in the Hale neighborhood since 2017.  Katie and her husband both grew up in the Twin Cities and love living close to Minnehaha Creek with their rescue puppy.  Katie decided to join the board to get to know more of her neighbors and to help keep Hale a great place to live.

Ben Osborn

Vice President

Ben Osborn and his wife moved to Minneapolis from out of state.  After trying out a few neighborhoods, they moved to Hale in 2015. Now they can’t imagine living anywhere else with their two young boys and one old dog. They enjoy spending time with neighbors, exploring Minnehaha Creek, Lake Nokomis, and Pearl Park.  Ben was motivated to join the board to meet neighbors, build community and see if he could help make our part of the city a little better.  Also the snacks.