Mayor Rybak Appoints Greg Foster to Metropolitan Airports Commission
Mayor names business leader, community volunteer and longtime Southwest Minneapolis resident to seat vacated by new MAC Chair
March 25, 2011 (MINNEAPOLIS) —Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced today that he has appointed South Minneapolis resident Greg Foster to the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Foster will fill the Minneapolis seat vacated by Dan Boivin, whom Governor Dayton has appointed to the chair the commission.
Foster has been a financial advisor for nearly 25 years and is currently with UBS in Wayzata. He has previously worked for RBC Wealth Management and Smith Barney.
Foster is an active community volunteer and philanthropist, having been named a Volunteer of the Year in 2009 by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine for his 10 years of work with Clare Housing, a provider of housing and services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Foster served as board chair and was instrumental in fundraising for a 32-unit apartment building in Northeast Minneapolis that provides shelter and supportive services. He currently also serves on the Regional Council for the National Parks Conservation Association and the Community Advisory Committee for Theater Latté Da.
A 19-resident of Linden Hills, Foster is committed to southwest Minneapolis. He and his partner of 17 years are active recreational users of the Chain of Lakes and are also farmers of an apple orchard, organic gardeners and beekeepers.
Mayor Rybak said, "Minneapolis has a special relationship with the airport, and that special relationship requires a MAC representative who understands how our region’s economy needs to grow and who stands up strongly to protect our neighborhoods and our environment. As our citizen representative on the MAC, Greg Foster will bring great expertise and a fresh perspective on building the partnerships we need to accomplish both goals."
Mayor Rybak added, "I’m grateful to Governor Mark Dayton for appointing Dan Boivin, Minneapolis’ last citizen representative to the MAC, as the new MAC board chair. I’m confident that Greg will meet the high standard that Dan set for advocacy and practicality in getting things done for Minneapolis."
Mr. Foster said, "Vital, vibrant communities don't just happen: committed people working together have laid the groundwork for the strong, successful Minneapolis that we have today. On the MAC, I will be guided by the goals of maintaining our world-class quality of life while fostering the growth of a globally-competitive regional economy.
"Serving on the MAC is a great honor and a great responsibility: I’m grateful to Mayor Rybak for the appointment and I'm looking forward to offering my time and expertise to amplify my predecessors' good works."
Published Mar. 25, 2011