- Created: Monday, 22 January 2018 17:04
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
After more than 35 years in the field, Rosemary Fagrelius will retire from MHP at the end of this month. As the organization's Director of Community Development, Fagrelius has played a central role in the growth and success of MHP, elevating the organization as a sector-leading provider of technical assistance in affordable housing and community development, not only in Minnesota but nationwide.
"It's been an amazing 11 years here at MHP," Fagrelius said. "I've had the incredible opportunity to work in unique rural and Native communities in Minnesota and all over the country, and lead in the development and growth of a very talented and experienced MHP Community Development Department. I've also had the true privilege of support, guidance and friendship of so many others dedicated to this work, for which I'm so grateful. We often says this works takes a village — and most of the time it feels like it takes a team of villages. I know MHP will continue to provide excellent technical assistance and capacity building work into the future."
In her time at MHP, Fagrelius has drawn down millions of dollars in federal funds for MHP to assist communities in meeting local housing and community development needs; launched collaborative training models, like the Housing Institute and Native Community Development Institute; and secured MHP's reputation as a trusted expert and collaborative partner, especially in rural and Native communities.
MHP is currently seeking a new Community Development Director; the full description is here. During the search, Barbara Dolan — an MHP Community Development Manager, with more than 16 years experience in the housing sector — will serve as the Interim Community Development Director.