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Charles Froseth

Currently, Senior Planner in the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Duluth. Previously held positions include County Zoning Administrator, UW Extension Community Resource Agent, City Planner, Housing Authority Director, County Planner, and Regional Planner. Over thirty five years of experience in the public sector. Educational background includes a Master Degree in Community Planning from University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education with a Major in Geography and History Minor from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I am a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1984 and member of the American Planning Association since 1978. Areas of professional planning interest include land use planning and land use regulations, community development and transportation.

John Hatcher

I have more than 15 years experience as a journalist, educator, newsroom trainer and writing coach.

I received my Ph.D. from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications in the fall of 2007. I taught journalism to graduate and undergraduate students at Syracuse from 2003 to 2006. Before that, I was education director at the Center for Community Journalism, based at the State University of New York at Oswego, where I taught a course that produced on online community newspaper. I have visited newspapers across the nation and conducted workshops at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the American Press Institute. I still work as an independent consultant and freelance journalist. From 1992 to 2003, I worked for The Daily Messenger, a small daily newspaper in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. As a freelance writer, I have published articles in the American Journalism Review, the Columbia Journalism Review, Mother Jones and numerous online publications.

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Pam Kramer

Pam Kramer, Duluth resident of 24 years, is the Executive Director for Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Duluth LISC) overseeing work with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy communities. She has been the executive director of the Duluth LISC program since the office opened in 1997; Duluth LISC is a local site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the nation’s largest non-profit community development intermediary.
Through Duluth LISC’s facilitation and support At Home in Duluth, a 24-member collaborative for comprehensive redevelopment of five Duluth neighborhoods (Central and East Hillside, Lincoln Park, Morgan Park and West Duluth) has secured nearly $13.5 million in public/ private funds. In addition, LISC has invested over $62.3 million in grants, recoverable grants, loans and equity investments in the Greater Duluth area.

Previous Positions & Education
Kramer has nearly 30 years of experience in housing, neighborhood planning, and community development. She served as a Senior Planner and Manager of the City of Duluth’s Community Development Division from 1984-1997. As Manager, she oversaw the CDBG, HOME, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) programs. Pam was the key staff person to the Duluth Housing Trust Fund, Inc., a nonprofit housing organization that focused on the development of safe, affordable housing and also administered Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) tax increment financing housing projects.

Pam has a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from North Dakota State University and a B.A. in American History from the American University in Washington, D.C. She studied in Cambridge, England and Appalachia and an Intern for Common Cause in Washington, D.C. Her experience includes serving as a VISTA volunteer in Lincoln County, MN, Housing Coordinator for a Community Action Agency in rural Minnesota and Planning Assistant for the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council.

Pam’s professional affiliations include: At Home In Duluth Core Group, Knight Creative Communities Initiative (KCCI)) Community Catalyst in 2006, Chair of the East Downtown, Hillside and Waterfront Charrette Stewardship Group, Minnesota Housing's Housing Resource Advisory Committee; a 2006 graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership Program and 2003-2004 Knight Foundation Community Building Fellow.

Angie Miller:

Angie Miller has been with Community Action Duluth since December 2003. She became the Associate Director in March of 2007 and the Executive Director on July 1, 2008.

At Community Action she managed the Asset Development programs including the Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota Individual Development Account program, the Home Repair Matched Savings Account program and the free tax preparation sites. She also taught financial education classes.

She has a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and previously worked for North Star Community Development Corporation, New Moon Publishing and as a community organizer for several years. Angie is on the board of Center City Housing and LISC.


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