Twin Cities Habitat names Sharon Sayles Belton as board chair

The board of directors at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has elected Sharon Sayles Belton as its new board chair. Sayles Belton, the former mayor of Minneapolis—the first African American and first woman to hold that position—is currently the vice president of government affairs and community relations at Thomson Reuters.

The board of directors welcomes six new leaders to their first terms of service. The new cohort joins as the organization begins a new strategic plan focused on advancing racial equity in housing. 

The newest board members include Brandon Berg, senior vice president of research, development, and innovation, Andersen Corporation; Mark Copman, president of the stationery and office supplies division, 3M; Scott Hietpas, chief executive officer, Computype; Nash Shaikh, chief of staff to the CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of MN; Dean Wahlin, retail market manager for Home Lending, Wells Fargo, and DeLinda Washington, senior vice president, and chief people officer, HealthPartners.

Sayles Belton began her term as board chair in late February, joining an executive committee that includes Paul Delahunt, community volunteer (serving as vice-chair); Eric Skalland, chief financial officer and EVP, Capital Markets at United Properties, serving as treasurer; and Keiko Sugisaka, partner at Maslon, LLP., serving as secretary.

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