Governor Mark Dayton, left, swears in the new appointees to the Metropolitan Council on Wednesday at the Council Chambers. Moving right, Met Council Chair Susan Haigh, District 9 Board Member Edward Reynoso of Ham Lake; and District 10 Board Member, Vietnamese American John Doàn . (AAP staff photo by Tom LaVenture)
ST. PAUL (March 9, 2011) – John Doàn, PE was appointed to the Metropolitan Council, the regional planning agency for the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area.
The Met Council is a 17-member, with one chair-at-large and 16 governor appointed, senate confirmed candidates representing geographic areas. Doàn represents District 10, which includes the Anoka County cities of Blaine, Circle Pines and Lexington, and the Ramsey County cities of Arden Hills, Blaine, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, Shoreview, and Spring Lake Park.
Doàn, a registered professional engineer, is currently a Senior Associate in transportation planning at SRF Consulting Group. As a Council member he serves on the Environment and Transportation committees.
“The region is at a critical tipping point,” Doàn states on his Met Council profile. “We face crumbling infrastructure, a lack of affordable housing, increased pressure on open space, and a scarcity of resources. We cannot face 21st century challenges with models and systems that were built for the 20th century.”
Governor Dayton said he praised the work of the selection committee, in part for helping to make the painful choices from around 253 qualified applicants that amounted to about four for every one board seat. Dayton said they were not easy choices and that it was reassuring to know that there are so many people out there willing to serve the community.
Dayton encouraged the remaining applicants to get involved with similar efforts in their respective communities and in conjunction with Met Council.
Met Council Chair Susan Haigh echoed the Governor’s sentiments on the selection committee, and said she is pleased to have such a group to work with on projects critical to the future of the region.
The Met Council works with local communities to provide operates the region’s bus and light rail transit systems, collects and treats wastewater, urban planning over the seven county area, and provides data on regional population and household growth. It also provides affordable housing, provides planning, acquisitions and funding for regional parks and trails, and a framework for aviation, transportation, open space, water quality and management.
The Council staff of 3,700 operates on a $700 million budget, most from state appropriations and user fees from wastewater treatment and transit fares. Just 10 percent comes from local property taxes.
The Minnesota Legislature established the Metropolitan Council in 1967 to coordinate planning and development within the metropolitan area to address issues outside of existing governmental arrangements. Additional legislative acts since have strengthened the Council’s planning and policy roles.
Before joining SRF Consulting Group in 2007, Doàn previously worked at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) as the MnPASS Program Director. He managed feasibility planning, contracting, financing and public involvement efforts for the cutting-edge fast lanes project. He also worked at the MnDOT Office of Investment Management and conducted benefit-and-cost analyses for transportation investment decisions.
Before working at MnDOT, Doàn worked at Wells Fargo Bank in public finance and once served as Assistant to the Minnesota Commissioner of Finance in 2003.
Doàn received a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was named a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in 2005.
Doàn was appointed by the Governor to two consecutive four-year terms on the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, where he lead the organization as Chair for three years.
His other community work included co-chairing the Asian Pacific Cultural Center’s Capital Campaign; a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Congestion Pricing Committee; and as president of the Windemere Homeowner’s Association.
An alumnus of St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul, Doàn also served on the school’s Board of Trustees from 2002-04.
Doàn is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve. He served as a commissioned officer and was Company Commander of the Mobile Construction Battalion Two Five.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Doàn ’s family fled on a small fishing boat after several attempts in 1979, making it to Singapore, and then to America in 1980. Today, Doàn lives in Blaine with his wife and two children.
To contact John Doàn call 763-233-2479 or e-mail john.Doàn @metc.state.mn.us.