Jon Commers, Principal
Jon translates public finance and economics, planning and urban design concepts, and perception of cultural and political dynamics into effective project management and redevelopment strategy. Commers is tasked with identifying and aligning the ingredients of successful urban places as founder and principal of Donjek, and as a member of the Metropolitan Council, the regional governance agency for the Minneapolis Saint Paul area.
Clients in private, public and philanthropic sectors – frequently brought together on Donjek projects – find that the Donjek model delivers a superior end product than one emerging from groups limited to single-discipline specialists.
Jon joined the University of Minnesota in 2014 as an adjunct instructor in Urban Studies. He has represented Saint Paul on the Metropolitan Council since 2011, where he chairs the Land Use Advisory Committee and is a member of the Transportation and Community Development Committees. Previously, Jon served on the Saint Paul Planning Commission for six years, where he was elected chair. Jon is also a co-founder of Strong Towns, a virtual nonprofit organization focused on improving the fiscal health of communities through productive land use. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife Beth and their children.