CapitolRiver Council Committees

The following CapitolRiver Council committee meetings are open to the public, so if you see a topic that interests you, please join us! For more information, please contact the office at 651-221-0488 or

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

The arts are a vital part of downtown Saint Paul and for that reason the CapitolRiver Council has established an Arts, Culture & Entertainment Committee to coordinate and oversee arts development and events in the neighborhood. This Committee will have responsibility for literary, creative, performing and visual arts in downtown Saint Paul, and in building relationships for CapitolRiver Council in these areas. The Arts committee will continue to make sure that downtown Saint Paul is a place that welcomes artists and arts projects. Arts Committee members will collaborate with the City of Saint Paul on public art policies, bridge connections with local artists and arts organizations, and advocate for artist-friendly neighborhoods downtown.

  • Chair:  To be determined
  • This committee is not currently in action, but we are seeking motivated people and creative endeavors to renew this group.

Development Review

Committee reviews downtown development projects to ensure benefit, sensitivity and compatibility with our downtown community and vitality. The Development Review Committee will monitor parking issues as they relate to development activities.

  • Co-Chairs: Paul Mandell and Todd Gray
  • Meetings:  Second Tuesday at 8:00 AM, monthly, at 180 East Fifth Street, Conference Room B (Skyway level), unless otherwise noted.

Marketing & Fundraising Team

Group of staff and board members develops strategies to raise money for CapitolRiver Council’s activities. The Committee also assists with increasing the operational and service capacity of CapitolRiver Council.

  • Meetings: As needed.

Skyway Governance Advisory Committee

Committee strives to improve all things Skyway and review applications for variance to the skyway hours. Committee has 7 voting members, but all are welcome to participate in the discussions.

  • Chair: Andy Flamm
  • Meetings: Monthly on the fourth Friday at 9AM, and as needed.  Located at 180 East fifth, second floor, conference room B

Public Realm Committee

The vision statement from the Saint Paul Downtown Development Strategy developed in 2003 (7.0 Public Realm, Parks and Recreation) is helpful in describing our guiding purpose as a committee: “Downtown will have an enhanced public realm, parks and recreation system that is easily accessible, attractive and well maintained and that celebrates downtown’s history, physical setting and proximity to the Mississippi River. … A healthy urban ecology will contribute to downtown’s sense of place and improve its quality of life.”

  • Chair: Alesia G. Thompson
  • Meetings: Every month on the third Tuesday at 5PM, at 180 East 5th Street, Conference Room B.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

“It takes a village” of volunteers to keep CapitolRiver Council operating in its role as a source of engagement and a welcoming entity to this livable city. If you are interested in volunteering please contact our office for more information.

We also recognize and highlight partner companies that do good work through the generosity of volunteer work to “give back” to community.