Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis Through a New Investment Strategy


Warren Hanson
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Minnesota Equity Fund, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hanson is the President & CEO as well as founder of Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Minnesota Equity Fund. Warren leads the executive team and works closely with state and local governments, philanthropy, investors, and community leaders to assemble resources and design strategies to meet affordable housing needs in Minnesota. He brings over 35 years of development finance experience to GMHF. He was previously director of Riverfront and Neighborhood Development for the City of Saint Paul and economic development director of West Bank Community Development Corporation. He is the co-founder of Community Reinvestment Fund USA (CRF-USA). He has a Master of Science Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute in New York.

PJ Hill
Wells Fargo Advisors, Financial Advisor

P.J. Hill was born and raised in Minneapolis, graduating from North Community High School in 2006. He played basketball for Ohio State University and continued to play professionally for close to a decade afterward. 

Today P.J. works as a financial advisor, owns a real-estate company, and coaches basketball. He is committed to dismantling racism in his community and recently helped organize the “Take the Knee” rally and the “10K March.” P.J. serves on the Juxtaposition Arts board of directors as their treasurer and as a finance committee member.

Tim Marx
Catholic Charities, CEO

Tim Marx most recently served as the president and CEO of Catholic Charities for, working extensively with faith, civic, and public policy leaders, community partners, donors and volunteers to advance the vision of a community where there is poverty for no one and opportunity for everyone.

Sarah Harris
Aeon, Executive Vice President

Sarah Harris, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Partnerships, and Production at Aeon.


Sarah joined Aeon in 2020. Ms. Harris oversees the housing production and acquisition division for Aeon, focusing on strategies to grow the organization to meet the ever-increasing need for affordable living in our community.

Shannon O'Leary
St Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Chief Investment Officer

Shannon O'Leary is a Chief Investment Officer at St Paul & Minnesota Foundation.


Tuning in virtually? Watch live on Hopin on the Stage here.

Join our panel of developers, investors, and housing experts as they discuss a new investment idea that is fast, cost-effective, sustainable/resilient while offering market returns for investors.