New leader to leverage deep community development experience as President.

As announced earlier this month, Roxanne Young Kimball has been named as Minnesota Homeownership Center’s new President. Roxanne was chosen from a field of more than 80 applicants in the leadership search process, and her assumption of the Center’s leadership post was unanimously approved by the full Board of Directors.

Roxanne is joining the Center following ten years with the City of Minneapolis’ Community Planning and Economic Development office. Most recently, she served as Residential and Real Estate Development Manager leading strategic initiatives related to residential lending, including strengthening funding for inclusive homeownership programming through a coalition of stakeholders and funders. Prior to that she spent nearly five years doing similar work with the City of St. Paul, spent several years coordinating economic development initiatives at the former Riverview Economic Development Association, and worked as a Housing Program Manager with the East Side Neighborhood Development Company. Roxanne was serving on the Homeownership Center’s Board at the time of her selection and is active in the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance.

Roxanne was one of four “Industry Influencers” interviewed as part of a Welcome Home Blog post back in 2021, where she shared what drives her dedication to this important work. “I grew up in metro Detroit, and my parents rented the same apartment for most of my childhood,” she shared. “When my parents got divorced, their lease was not renewed and we had to move. A couple years later, both of my parents bought their own homes. Owning transformed both of their lives, as well as my own.”

Roxanne will be starting work with the Center on June 24.