AIA Minnesota Announces Hauschild-Baron to Retire, Zindren Named Executive Vice President
MINNEAPOLIS, MN Beverly Hauschild-Baron, Hon. AIA, who served as the Executive Vice President of The American Institute of Architects Minnesota, announces she is retiring from her position after nearly 38 years of service.Following a national search, AIA Minnesota has named Mary-Margaret Zindren as incoming Executive Vice President.
In her role Hauschild-Baron, has continually promoted the value of architects and architecture to both the residential and commercial markets. She successfully lead the organization through many strategic initiatives, including the 2010 Recovery Task Force which produced The Carlson School Report, completed in partnership with the Carlson School of Management. This initiative undertook the task of understanding the changing architectural profession during the Great Recession. This work continued, resulting in the 2013 Architects in Commerce Research Report- which is client-based research, commissioned by AIA Minnesota, designed to better enable architects to provide higher- valued services and be more impactful in business and commerce.
"Beverly has been a tremendous leader for AIA Minnesota and we are thankful for her commitment to our organization, to our profession, and for communicating the value architects bring to their clients," Tim Dufault, AIA, AIA Minnesota President, said. "We have had the good fortune to have her as our Executive Vice President for 32 years where she has shepherded our organization from 800 to 2,300 members."
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to have worked with so many creative, collaborative and caring architects through these many years," Hauschild-Baron said. "Their influence on the communities they've helped shape is immeasurable. Throughout the many ups and downs of the profession - through recessions and recovery - the architects have looked to AIA Minnesota as their true North."
Hauschild-Baron has represented AIA Minnesota through her work with many community partners such as the American Consulting Engineers Council/Minnesota; Associated General Contractors/Minnesota; Building Jobs Coalition: Board of Registration; the College of Design, University of Minnesota; the McKnight Foundation, and many others.
Zindren is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with experience as Executive Director of the Hennepin County Bar Association-a Minnesota nonprofit with more than 8,000 member lawyers and judges. In this role, she has grown the association's collaborative relationships, restored its financial sustainability, overhauled its strategic plan and brand identity, and focused on engaging younger lawyers and growing the diversity and inclusion of the legal community.
For nearly 15 years, she was the Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives for the League of Minnesota Cities, where she provided governance and facilitation expertise and led a wide range of communications initiatives, including successful public engagement campaigns, media relations activities, and education efforts focused on the association's legislative agenda and risk management priorities. Zindren served as Special Assistant to the Mayor for Education for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, representing Mayor Michael White's interests as his liaison to the Cleveland Public Schools. She also held the position of Legislative Counsel with the National League of Cities, lobbying federal issues on behalf of more than 18,000 cities nationwide.
"Mary-Margaret joins AIA Minnesota's staff at a time when our organization's strategic focus is being re-envisioned on both national and regional levels, and when we are committing substantial resources toward promoting the value of architecture - both commercial and residential," said Dufault. "Mary- Margaret will help to guide the organization's continued evolution, drawing upon her knowledge of Minnesota communities and her extensive leadership experience."
In addition to her career accomplishments, Zindren completed the Women's Leadership Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in 2006 and was a Bush Fellowship Semi-Finalist in 2014. She serves on the board of directors for Interfaith Action, which operates Project Home. She has also been an active member of Unity Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Paul, where she currently serves on the Anti-Racism Leadership Team.
"AIA Minnesota has a national reputation for excellence," Zindren said. "I am committed to maintaining the strong foundation that's been established while keeping the association moving forward in service to our members. Minnesota's architects are both big-picture visionaries and practical problem solvers. They are creating the future every day - a sustainable, inclusive, and inspiring future."
Zindren holds a bachelor's degree in public administration, cum laude, from Miami University. She was awarded the Murray A. Seasongood Good Government Fellowship in 1992 and the Outstanding Leadership & Service Award in 1993. She also received her master's degree in Public Affairs, with a focus in Public & Nonprofit Leadership, from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Zindren has solid roots in the Midwest. She grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and spent many summers with her grandparents in Duluth, Minnesota, and at her parents' cabin in Grand Marais, Minnesota. She and her husband reside in St. Paul, Minnesota with their two daughters.