Deidre Schmidt, Business Planning Committee
Deidre Schmidt is President & CEO of CommonBond Communities. CommonBond develops, owns, manages and provides Advantages Services for approximately 7,700 units in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. CommonBond currently serves about 13,000 people, including families, seniors, people living with disabilities and those who have experienced homelessness.
Deidre’s career has included positions with increasing responsibility at One Roof Global Consulting, the Affordable Housing Institute, Brighton Development, and Artspace Projects. Deidre was a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a Marshall Memorial Fellow for the German Marshall Fund, and the John T. Dunlop Lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She currently teaches at University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and serves on several boards where she shares her knowledge of the industry and personal life experience which is relevant to those in affordable housing.