Join the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) Committee to hear from guest speaker Sam O’Connell, past MDT president.

Sam will be joining us to share community engagement, visioning, and how she gets communities to think about their future. In some communities, change is a challenge.

Sam O’Connell, AICP, is the director of community relations for the Metropolitan Council. Sam works closely with the Metropolitan Council Chair and Council Members in stakeholder engagement and understanding of emerging local issues. This includes building relationships with business and civic leaders throughout the metro area. Prior to serving as the director of community relations, Sam served as the assistant director of community affairs for Metro Transit.

Sam has directed the community outreach and communications activities for the Green Line Light Rail Extension and had served as Metro Transit’s Project Lead for the Blue Line Light Rail Extension. Sam has 30+ years of experience with stakeholder engagement, infrastructure development, and transportation planning at the county, regional and statewide level. Her projects include light, commuter, high-speed rail and bus rapid transit development, and visioning for Downtown Tampa infrastructure. Sam serves as the second vice president of the Minnesota Chapter of Conference of Minority Transportation Professionals and is a past president of WTS Minnesota.

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