SAINT PAUL – Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman today announced the appointment of Jonathan Sage-Martinson as the City’s new Planning and Economic Development (PED) Director. With more than 15 years of community and economic development experience, including serving as the Director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, Sage-Martinson succeeds Cecile Bedor, who left May 8 to serve as Executive Vice President of Greater MSP. Sage-Martinson will assume his duties as PED Director on August 4.
“There is incredible momentum in Saint Paul right now and I am confident that Jonathan will be able to hit the ground running, working with stakeholders in all sectors of the planning and economic development community to continue the City’s proactive, business-friendly approach to innovation and growth,” said Mayor Coleman. “Jonathan is also committed to the values I believe are essential to making our City the most livable – including viewing planning and economic development opportunities through the lens of equity, sustainability and innovation.”
Sage-Martinson will bring extensive background in community development and nonprofit management to the city. In addition to playing a significant role in the Green Line project during his six years at the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, Sage-Martinson served as Executive Director of SPARC, Associate Director of the Green Institute and has also played key roles in sustainable economic development collaborations such as the Phalen Corridor Initiative and the Great Northern Corridor.
“Under Mayor Coleman’s leadership, the City of Saint Paul is consistently reaching out to a broad coalition of economic development stakeholders – from the business and development community, to the non-profit community, to the state and federal government and beyond, looking to create synergies and build the most livable city," Sage-Martinson said. "I am excited to work with him, the experts within PED and leaders in the wider community to continue the momentum here in Saint Paul.”
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Matt Kramer said, “Jonathan brings an energy and dedication to inclusive and innovative development, which served us well on the Green Line. We are excited for him to bring those skills to other developments in the city – like Ford, Macy's and our unique neighborhoods."
Sage-Martinson, a Saint Paul resident, holds leadership positions on several community boards, including the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies Executive Committee, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Local Advisory Board, and Advocates for Human Rights Board of Directors. Sage-Martinson earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, with dual concentrations in community economic development and nonprofit management.