The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) was established by the legislature in 2012 and charged with the design, construction and operation of the new multi-purpose stadium. The MSFA consists of five members. Three authority members, including the chair, are appointed by the governor. Two authority members are appointed by the City of Minneapolis. The new authority is chaired by Michele Kelm-Helgen. The other members are John D. Griffith, Duane Benson, Bill McCarthy and Barbara ButtsWilliams. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Kelm-Helgen, Griffith and Benson, and Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak appointed McCarthy and Butts-Williams.
Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chair
Worked for Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller. Managed the operation of the Minnesota State Senate and staffed budget negotiations between the Governor, House, and Senate. Planned and executed Senate Floor sessions and committee work flow, managed over 200 Senate employees and the Senate budget, and was the day-to-day interface with legislators.
North State Advisors provides governmental affairs consulting for a wide range of clients at the state and local level. Consulted with healthcare related clients, as well as clients with various issues before the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the Office of the Attorney General. Managed the business affairs of the company, including the financial and personnel operations of the business.
Managed the marketing and sales operation of a former Control Data division known as City Venture, which sold and implemented small business development and inner city redevelopment programs to state and local governments. Responsibilities included supervising 45 employees and a budget of over $10 million.
Responsible for scheduling, liaison with City Council members, and assisting with the day-to-day operation of the Mayor’s Office.
Liaison assigned to House and Senate members and to the Department of Corrections. Assisted with the Governor’s criminal justice legislative policy initiatives.
Led successful teacher union negotiations in 2003 and 2005 through the use of interest-based bargaining.
Duane Benson was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation from 2005 through 2011. He also was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership from 1994 to 2003. Benson served in the Minnesota Senate from 1980 to 1994, and was the Senate Minority Leader for a period during that time. He graduated with honors from Hamline University. Benson was drafted into the NFL and played eleven seasons as a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, and Houston Oilers. He continues to own and operate a cattle farm outside of Lanesboro and is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations. Benson is also a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Board of Trustees. Benson is a 2009 laureate of the Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame.
Barbara Butts William, PhD
PhD, Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California
MA, Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California
MALS, Leadership and Business, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
BA, History and Political Science, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Barbara Butts Williams is the Dean of Business, School of Business and Technology at Capella University, Minneapolis Minnesota. Since joining Capella in 2002, she has served as Dean of the School of Education, Interim Dean, School of Business and Technology, Associate Dean for the school, Director of Graduate Programs (masters and doctorates degrees) and Director, MBA Program for School of Business and Technology. Dr. Butts Williams’ professional experience spans the public, private and academic sectors to include the following positions; President of Growth Partners Consulting, a firm she founded to provide strategic planning, talent and change management, and organizational development to small and medium sized organizations; Director, Training and Development, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Director, Executive Programs at the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business Administration ; Director, Executive Education and Human Resources Planning, Control Data Corporation; Principle Consultant and Director Marketing for Human Resource Products and Services, Control Data Business Advisors, Inc.; Vice President Marketing, Vice President Sales and Key Accounts, Project Director for Curriculum and Product Development, Wilson Learning Corporation; Senior Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness, Rath & Strong, Inc.; Officer, Education and Skilling, and Officer(VP), Education and Global Leadership Development, The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers).
Dr. Butts Williams’ prior community and professional service included; Harvard University’s Media & Publishing Group, a charter and corporate advisory board member; University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management , Executive Education Advisory Council member; The University of Michigan’s School of Business and Administration’s Human Resource Program Corporate Advisory Council member; Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota, former foundation board chair and trustee emeritus; Dr. Butts Williams also served on the Hennepin County Library Foundation and Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation Boards. Dr. Butts Williams also served as the Minneapolis representative (North and Downtown Minneapolis) on The Metropolitan Council during the Carlson Administration.
Currently, Dr. Butts Williams serves on the Board of Trustees at The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California and The Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), Minneapolis, Minnesota. .
John D. Griffith
John Griffith is Executive Vice President of Property Development for Target. He leads the real estate, construction, architecture, engineering, store planning, design, facilities management, property operations and Target Commercial Interiors teams at Target.
John began his career at Target in 1999 as Vice President Construction. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Property Development and has held his current position since 2005.
John serves on the Board of Trustees of Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota and the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota. John also serves on the Executive Committee of Bethel University and the Minneapolis Downtown Council. John is a past Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers in New York City, New York.
John received his B.A. in Business Administration from Bethel College and his M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Bill McCarthy is the vice chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
Since 2002, Mr. McCarthy has served as the elected President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The MRLF represents 75,000 workers from more than 125 affiliated unions, including construction workers, teachers, nurses, service workers and others.
Mr. McCarthy grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and attended Jefferson High School. After high school, he enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. Following military service, he attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Studies.
Mr. McCarthy became actively involved with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union while working as a part-time bartender. From 1987 to 2002, he worked initially as a Business Agent and later as the elected President for HERE Local 17.
Since 2002, Mr. McCarthy has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Additionally, He is Chairman of the Board for Working Partnerships, Inc., a 501(c)(3) he founded in 2006 to serve union members in need and their families. In March 2012, Mr. McCarthy was named as the winner of a national United Way award for labor leadership, the Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award.
Mr. McCarthy, 59, lives in Blaine with his wife Marie and has two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
Ted Mondale, CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Mondale is the CEO/Executive Director of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Previously, Mr. Mondale was appointed by Governor Dayton to be the Chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission which sunset on August 1, 2012. Ted was also formerly the Vice President of Strategy & Research for GREATER MSP.
In 1999, Mr. Mondale was appointed by Governor Ventura as Chair of the Metropolitan Council, a 4,000 employee, $500 million regional operating agency in the Twin Cities. Under his leadership, the Council undertook several key initiatives, including the Hiawatha light rail line, which was awarded the best new start award from the Federal Transit Administration. Mr. Mondale also served two terms in the Minnesota State Senate. Two of the laws he chief-authored have won national "best of" awards from the Ford Foundation and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and the Environmental Protection Agency.