Jeffrey Lunde, District 1

I am honored to serve District 1 and am excited to work with residents to address the many challenges ahead, from public safety to the far-reaching impacts of the global pandemic. As your commissioner, my goal is to be results driven by focusing on systemic change. As the Mayor of Brooklyn Park from 2011–2020, I led efforts to connect to an increasingly diverse community, added over $1B of development and transportation investments within the city, and lowered crimes to the lowest levels in 30 years.

As your commissioner, I plan on focusing on:

  • METRO Blue Line Extension Realignment
  • Job training and supporting small businesses
  • Public safety through conversations between residents and the police
  • Helping renters and landlords get through the pandemic together

I am Co-Chair of the IGR Committee and Chair of the Public Safety for the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. I am also a member of the Blue Line Corridor Management Committee, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, as well as other County committees.

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Hennepin County

  • Audit Committee, member
  • County Extension Committee, member
  • Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), member
  • Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), member
  • Hennepin Health, member
  • Intergovernmental Relations, co-chair
  • IT Advisory Committee, member
  • Joint Committee on Community Corrections, member
  • Public Safety, chair

Other positions

  • Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) voting delegate
  • Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Criminal Justice, member
  • Bottineau Community Works Steering Committee, member
  • Bottineau Corridor Management Committee Brooklyn Bridge Alliance, member
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, member
  • Light Rail Transit Executive Change Control Board, 1st alternate
  • Minnesota Association Community Corrections Act Counties, member

Commissioner Jeffrey Lunde

Commissioner Lunde comes to the county after being Mayor of Brooklyn Park for 10 years. As Mayor he led efforts to connect to an increasingly diverse community, add over $1B of development and transportation investments within the city, and lower crimes to the lowest levels in 30 years. He was active nationally speaking on the value of After School Initiatives, including measuring results of these investments. He was one of the original mayors in Cities United, a national effort to reduce violence in the lives of young men of diverse backgrounds. Along with Cities United, he was part of the initial launch of the My Brothers Keepers Initiative by President Obama, which is a national effort to positively affect the lives of youth and eliminate barriers to success. In 2013, Mayor Lunde was honored with the Minnesota After School Champion award from the Minnesota Statewide Afterschool Alliance, and in 2018 honored for his work supporting veterans by the Minnesota VFW. As Mayor, he was the founder of the Blue Line Now Coalition, a group of cities who are leading efforts to support the construction of the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail (BLRT). 

Jeff is married to wife, Jodi, and has two sons, Joshua and Jedrik, who attend school in the Anoka Hennepin School District. He holds a Master’s Degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato and a bachelor's degree in History, Political Science and Russian from North Dakota State University.   

Vicky Soukaseum

Focus areas: affordable housing and renter/landlord relations.

Committed to the delivery of efficient and effective county services, eliminating disparities in our systems, and addressing the need for affordable housing through a holistic approach; Vicky is a strong and passionate advocate. With over a decade of experience in the housing and redevelopment industry including non-profit, private, city and county, Vicky served most recently as a Policy Aide at the Ramsey County Board office. There, she engaged with community to build trust and transparency by equitable engagement and pursued creative solutions in policy making between local agencies, government, and stakeholders. 

Vicky holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamline University in Business Administration, and an associate degree in Business Management from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She is dedicated mother to two children who attend ISLA (International Spanish Learning Academy). Vicky enjoys cooking for family, friends, and her neighbors on her time off, as well as traveling and exploring the outdoors. 

Anna Schmiel

Focus areas: small businesses and the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail (BLRT).

Anna is passionate about creating a more equitable county by giving residents the tools to create their own opportunities and lead economic development efforts in their communities. Before coming to the county, Anna worked as the Community Engagement Coordinator at NEON (Northside Economic Opportunity Network), a small business incubator in North Minneapolis. While at NEON, she worked to connected businesses with resources, with her most recent focus being helping them access funding, get online, and navigate reopenings and closures in light of the pandemic. 

Anna graduated from Carleton College in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Political Science. During her time at Carleton, she worked as a student research assistance in Myanmar studying post-dictatorship economic development. Anna enjoys baking, writing, and gardening in her spare time. 

COVID-19 support for residents

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Unemployment

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COVID-19 support for businesses

Closures and reopenings

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Grants/loans

This district serves the cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, New Hope, Osseo and Robbinsdale.

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City of Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center is a fast growing, innovative city bordering Minneapolis and the Mississippi River. The current population of 30,104 (2010 Census). The city covers 8.5 square miles and features a large industrial park — which is currently under development by manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers — as well as various service-oriented businesses. Visit the City of Brooklyn Center

City of Brooklyn Park

With a population of more than 80,000 people, Brooklyn Park is the sixth-largest city in Minnesota and one of the most diverse. Nestled along the Mississippi River, Brooklyn Park features almost 2,000 acres of parkland, along with various outdoors recreation options. Brooklyn Park has a residential housing stock that fits into just about every budget. They also have a unique mix of retail, commercial and industrial businesses. Visit the City of Brooklyn Park

City of Crystal

Crystal is a fully-developed, first tier suburban community just west of Minneapolis with a population of more than 23,000 residents. The city is committed to redevelopment, updating its infrastructure, and maintaining the vitality and livability of its neighborhoods. Amenities include parks and trails, a variety of programs and services for all ages, well-groomed sports fields, and the redeveloped Crystal Shopping Center. Visit the City of Crystal

City of New Hope

The City of New Hope is home to 20,339 residents (2010 Census) and is conveniently located 15 minutes from Minneapolis. This city has strong neighborhoods, an abundance of parks and recreation opportunities, excellent schools and great shopping nearby. Visit the City of New Hope

City of Osseo

Osseo is a small, unique city with a population of 2,430 (2010 Census). Residents and Osseo businesses enjoy a thriving downtown area along Central Avenue. Osseo covers almost one square mile of area, and is situated between the cities of Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park along US Highway 169 in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis. Visit the City of Osseo 

City of Robbinsdale

Robbinsdale is a city of 14,000 people located next to the northwest corner of Minneapolis. The City is over 100 years old and has maintained its small town feel. Small town tradition survives in Robbinsdale's typical main street businesses and family-friendly atmosphere. Visit the City of Robbinsdale

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