Welcome to new CEZ board members

Seven new members are bringing wide-ranging expertise to the CEZ’s board of directors: Bart Bevins, Rob Clapp, Sherman Eagles, Sandy Boss Febbo, Eric Guttersmon, Rashan Moore, and Renee Spillum. Many thanks to Sandy Jacobs of the Update Company, who is leaving the board as her term ends.

As a DEED loan officer for the state of Minnesota, Bart Bevins serves community development groups—such as Neighborhood Development Corporation and Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers—that lend to businesses. With background in nonprofits, arts development, and financial analysis, he’s also served on the boards for Face to Face and the St. Paul Parks Conservancy. Bart lives in Highland Park.

A co-founder and co-owner of Can Can Wonderland, Rob Clapp established it as Minnesota’s first arts-related public benefit corporation.  Now serving as Can Can’s CFO and development director, he is also owner and real estate broker of Summit Group. With Summit (and with KW Commercial) he has represented many local restaurants, breweries, bars, and arts groups.

Sherman Eagles serves as a liaison with St. Anthony Park Community Council, where he co-chairs the Land Use committee. He’s seeking alignment in the collaborations between the Community Council, the CEZ, Prospect Park, and the Towerside Innovation District. A 45-year resident of St. Anthony Park, Sherm is a co-founder of both the SAP Community Garden and the Hampden Park Co-op.

Sandy Boss Febbo opened Bang Brewing, our only local organic brewery, almost five years ago.  Now she’s helping start a national buying group for organic brewing ingredients and working with the Land Institute on possible use of the kernza perennial grain. From Bang’s small-footprint brewery-taproom, Sandy looks for ways to align business with stewardship.

Eric Guttersmon is a relatively new part of Sunrise Banks, the only Community Development Financial Institution, headquartered in the CEZ. 

Rashan Moore’s company, NanoSystems, is your digital lifestyle coordinator. In business since the age of ten, he’s been located in the CEZ for 13 years, first at 2929 University, now at 856 Raymond. He holds several other board memberships and is skilled at outing the elephant in the room (as displayed at CEZ’s board training session, pictured).

At the Minneapolis community development corporation Seward Redesign, Renee Spillum carries out locally based real estate projects ranging from industrial to commercial (retail/restaurant) to affordable housing, with an eye to commercial corridor vitality, alternative energy, transit access, and economic justice. A Midway resident, she has also lived in the Hampden Park area.

Now at fourteen members, the board also includes Catherine Reid Day, chair and co-founder; Jack Becker, vice-chair and co-founder; Paul Kramer, treasurer; Betsy Gabler, Julie Ann James, Lucas Koski, and Pat Thompson.


Rashan Moore outed the elephant in the room at a recent board training session.

Rashan Moore outed the elephant in the room at a recent board training session.

Julie James