Colleen O'Connor

Land Use & Planning Program Director

Professional Bio

Colleen brings her experience in community engagement, policy and advocacy, program management and equitable development to FMR's Land Use & Planning program. Prior to FMR, her most recent role was with the Blue Line Coalition and Center for Economic Inclusion where she focused on equitable development policy and collaboration with local government partners. Colleen's past work has included policy, advocacy, and community engagement around urban development, housing and transportation issues.

Colleen recently sat on the City of Minneapolis Advisory Committee on Housing and is the former board president of the Northeast Investment Cooperative. She holds a bachelor's in sociology from the University of St. Thomas.  

FMR Role

As Land Use & Planning Program Director, Colleen works to ensure that the natural, scenic, cultural, historical, recreational and public values of the Mississippi River corridor are understood, protected, enhanced and celebrated. This includes working with community and public-sector partners to develop land-use policies, advocate for parks and public access and guide riverfront development.

Personal Details

Outside of work Colleen enjoys outdoor activities (particularly kayaking, biking and hiking), travel and home improvement projects. She sits on the board of directors for Frogtown Curling Club. Colleen lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her husband. 

Contact, 651.222.2193 x29
Pronouns: she/her

Ole Olson prairie, Mississippi River, Minneapolis skyline

Celebrate 30 years of FMR!

For our 30th anniversary, our wish is for you to join us in restoring, protecting and enhancing the Mississippi River.