Planning and Economic Development Leadership Team

Kristin Guild is Interim Director of Planning and Economic Development. Kristin has 25 years of experience in the field, including a decade leading the Business Development team in Minneapolis and work in planning and historic preservation in Upstate New York, New York City and Minnesota.

Kristin has Master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University, a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, and holds a certificate in Economic Development Finance. She serves on the Ramsey County Workforce Innovation Board and is involved with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers mentorship program.

Kristin enjoys travel and has visited Japan, Kenya, several European countries, and most recently Mexico and Peru. She and her husband Mike make regular trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and have a goal to visit every Minnesota State Park.

Planning Director Luis Pereira previously worked as a city planner for the City of Saint Paul from 2006 to 2012. He also has experience working for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County in Tennessee and served as team lead for Minnesota Housing Finance Agency single family community development programs. He most recently served as economic development program manager for a neighborhood-based development initiative supporting Latino-owned businesses in Moline, Illinois, and provided technical assistance to rural and tribal communities in Arizona, Maine, North Carolina, and South Dakota.

Luis is an AICP-certified planner with the American Planning Association, a Housing Development Finance Professional, and has a certificate in program evaluation. He has a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s Degree in regional planning from Cornell University. Luis has lived in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, visited several other countries in the Americas, and speaks Spanish with some proficiency in Portuguese.   Fun facts:  He has played percussion in two now-defunct Latin fusion bands in the Twin Cities, and has more recently learned to play steel pan quads.  Yuselmi is Luis’ network-administrator, soccer-playing wife, and Alexandra is their expressive 19-month old daughter.

Economic Development Director Martin Schieckel is an experienced economic development professional, non-profit administrator, and small-business owner. In his twenty years with the city Martin has worked on countless projects large and small, but gets the most satisfaction out of helping small business owners realize their dreams.  Significant projects with the City include the Smith Avenue Transit Center, downtown Green Line infrastructure, the re-opening of the Palace Theater, CHS Field, Victoria Park redevelopment, Schmidt Brewery commercial redevelopment and Lawson Ramp retail Prior to coming to Saint Paul, Martin spent ten years doing economic development work in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, and before that owned and operated several small businesses. Martin holds a Bachelor of arts degree from Carlton. When not working to build our city, he enjoys hiking, biking, and canoeing near his home in Stillwater.

Housing Director Kayla Schuchman spent nine years implementing affordable housing policy through successive roles at Minnesota Housing, the state’s affordable housing agency. Most recently, she was a project manager for the Saint Paul-based affordable housing developer CommonBond Communities, where she structured deals and built community support to develop affordable multifamily projects. She also served as co-chair of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers Housing Committee, a regional association of community development organizations; and serves as a board member for Urban Homeworks, a nonprofit that transforms vacant properties into housing.

Kayla is a certified Housing Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. She has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Macalester College, and a Master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in economic and community development from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.