Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of twelve elected members: two representatives from each of the three neighborhoods (Hale, Page, and Diamond Lake) and six at large members. There is no term limit but we ask for a two year commitment. Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings, serve on a committee, and support events that take place throughout the year.
The Board of Directors holds monthly meetings (the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 PM) at the HPDL offices and all HPDL meetings are open to the public. Meeting minutes are posted below:
Current HPDL Board Members
Jessica Tupper – President
Jessica has lived in Minneapolis for the past 14 years and in the Diamond Lake neighborhood for the last two years with her two sons who attend Hale Elementary school. Having grown up in a small town in northern Minnesota (Walker), Jessica quickly fell in love with Lake Nokomis and the beautiful trail systems in South Minneapolis. She and her sons love to take advantage of all the trails and parks, in particular they are big fans of Triangle Park. You can often find her attending one of her son’s many athletic events at Pearl Park and Todd Park during the Summer and Fall. Jessica is excited about the opportunity to become more involved and active in the community.
Jake Schwitzer – Vice President & Treasurer
Jake grew up across the river in St. Paul, and always thought he’d end up settling there permanently. After a stint in Washington, DC he and his wife Christine fell in love with the lakes and parks of South Minneapolis and bought a home in the Page neighborhood. They love walking their dog along Minnehaha Creek and look forward to being involved in the neighborhood for years to come.
Brianna Thull – Secretary
Brianna has spent most of her life in south Minneapolis. Originally from Tangletown, she moved to her rental in the Diamond Lake neighborhood in 2017. She loves all of the parks and trails in HPDL, and can often be found figuring out new routes to walk. She is really looking forward to walking a new dog along them too. In 2013, she graduated from the U of M with a B.A. in Japanese, and currently works in education. Brianna enjoys playing video games and studying languages, and will gladly talk with you about either. She also likes to attend fun local events such as Open Streets, Pride, Farmer’s Markets, art festivals, and is looking forward to Brew and Stew. When sports seasons are in swing you can see her rooting on Minnesota United, the Twins, and the Chicago Bears.
Ryan has called the Page neighborhood home for 13 years. His previous home was just across the creek in the Northrop neighborhood. He has two boys (22 and 18), and an 11 year old daughter. Ryan grew up in a small town in northwest MN – Crookston. Ryan is generally a boring fellow. His one adventure in life was teaching English in the Czech Republic back in 1993. Besides a great experience, this time netted him a wonderful wife. His most intense volunteer experience was as President (and every position below that) of the Minneapolis United Soccer Club. He notes that the club grew from being on the verge of folding in 2001 to a thriving club of 55 traveling teams and 800 recreational players in 2007. As an example of what a small world this is – Ryan worked for HPDL as a staff member for 4 months during and following his Masters Degree from the Humphrey Institute at the U of MN in 1995.
Bob has lived in the Diamond Lake neighborhood for many years. His previous background is in urban and regional planning where he has a master’s degree. He has worked in the past with the University of Minnesota in transportation safety, and with the city of Burnsville in research and city zoning. He enjoys biking and using the city of Minneapolis’s city parks and lakes.
Cory has lived in south Minneapolis for 8 years and the Hale neighborhood for 4. He and his wife moved frequently until arriving in the neighborhood and are happy to feel like this place will be home for their 2 kids, aged 4 and 8, and big dog and small cats. He enjoys building boats to take out on city lakes, working in a community garden, and exploring the parks and trails by foot and bike with his family.
Peter loves being a city dweller but sometimes misses the open spaces and tight knit MN dairy farming community of his formative years, which is why he has been a resident of friendly, nature-filled South Minneapolis for almost 6 years. As his business (community solar and solar shingle installation) grows and his wife and two boys thrive in the HPDL neighborhood, he realizes it is time to apply his education and community development experience (Milwaukee for 10 years) and his passion for energy and the environment (Xcel Energy and United Arab Emirates major capital projects) closer to home. He is looking forward to meeting everyone he can at HPDL events like Frost Fest or when walking, biking, or sledding the neighborhood with his family.
J.D. Burton is a longtime Minneapolis resident who, absent a few years in college and Washington, D.C., has lived his entire life in the city. He and his wife have two young children who love Triangle Park, biking the trails, and swimming in Lake Nokomis (as well as the food at Sand Castle!). A Washburn High School grad, J.D. and his family have lived in the HPDL neighborhood since they bought their first house in 2009.