Kathleen brings extensive leadership experience from the private sector to her role as Executive Director, including leadership of operations for a Twin Cities based global manufacturer. Kathleen first joined MRP as a volunteer, helping to launch the Riverfront Vitality Project. As Executive Director, Kathleen has overseen the growth of the Riverfront Vitality Project, launched the Riverfront Vitality Forums, and brought new attention to the potential of the Upper River through the Mississippi Minute Film Festival and the annual Riverfront Festival.
Kathleen has a passion for the value that the riverfront brings to the community. With her hiking group, she has explored the entire length of the Mississippi through the Twin Cities, from the Coon Rapids Dam to south of St. Paul.
Senior Research Analyst
Bob brings an understanding of the many facets of the Mississippi River, and a commitment to shaping stronger communities through collaborative city-building. Previously, he worked for six years as River Planner for Friends of the Mississippi River, working with a variety of riverfront communities, as well as managing the data visualization, mapping and design of the award-winning State of the River Report, which was co-produced with the National Park Service. He also served for seven years on the Saint Paul Planning Commission, where he was the first Chair of the City’s new Transportation Committee, and led in shaping consensus solutions to several complex policy issues faced by that City. Bob grew up exploring Minneapolis by bicycle on the Grand Rounds; he and his family are energized by spending time outdoors.
As a contract accountant, Julie Madden brings more than 20 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience with both businesses and nonprofit organizations. She serves as finance director, working closely with the finance committee, treasurer and executive director.