CommonBond Communities, based out of St. Paul Minnesota, recently engaged CohenTaylor Executive Search Services as their partner in a search to fill their EVP of Real Estate role. After a collaborative and comprehensive national search, Cecile Bedor was ultimately selected to fill the role.

The right blend of housing knowledge, strategic thinking, and culture fit was imperative, and Deidre Schmidt, CommonBond’s President and CEO, is confident that Cecile brings these attributes to the table. She noted, “Cecile brings to CommonBond a unique mix of public and private sector experience that will help us to deliver more affordable housing both with government financial support and without it.  She shares our belief that housing is essential to thriving families and a healthy economy in our region.  She knows how we can work together to get things done.”

Cecile’s career spans three decades, and it includes important roles at the City of Saint Paul- where she was the Director of Planning and Economic Development- the Minneapolis Public Library, the National Equity Fund, the Metropolitan Council, and Aeon (then Central Community Housing Trust).

In addition to a varied and successful career, Cecile has raised two children and has also been deeply involved in her community.  Through Board and volunteer service, she’s donated her time and talents to organizations like the Itasca Group, the American Red Cross, Wilderness Inquiry, Hope Community, ULI Minnesota, Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers, University Enterprise Laboratories, and the Greater Minneapolis Chamber. She holds a dual degree in Economics and English Literature from the University of Minnesota and has completed coursework at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Cecile steps into her role on April 16, 2018. CohenTaylor is excited to see Cecile thrive at CommonBond, and we are wishing her success.