New Deputy Superintendent Named

The following press release has been issued by the Park Board:


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will soon welcome a new Deputy Superintendent, Jody Tableporter, who will begin her duties on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller announced Jody Tableporter as her selection after a national candidate search.

Working closely with Superintendent Miller, Tableporter’s role as Deputy Superintendent will be similar to that of a Chief Operating Officer. She will oversee the day-to-day functioning of the MPRB and focus on improving organizational performance and maintaining high quality standards for the nationally recognized system of parks.

Superintendent Miller, who has been praised by local units of government and organizations for her collaborative work and vision for serving the city, believes Tableporter brings the right skills to the position and that she will be successful in strengthening the organization and improving service delivery to the community.

“Jody’s breadth and depth of experience is impressive and will be a true asset to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board,” said Superintendent Miller. “Jody is a highly effective leader who has exceptional knowledge of operations, strategy development, fiscal management, community engagement and park redevelopment. Jody has also shown a strong commitment to public service and to protecting and managing shared natural resources.”

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board serves an estimated 18 million visits annually to its 197 regional and neighborhood parks. The park system, which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year, is locally and nationally recognized for enhancing the quality of life for residents and park visitors.

A resident of Minneapolis, Tableporter has served as the Executive Director of Voyageurs National Park Association since 2011. From 1999 to 2010, she held leadership positions within organizations in London and England that focused on the economic revitalization of cities and regions and the physical redevelopment of buildings and parks. Prior to that, she was at Cargill for approximately eight years.

“The Minneapolis park system is a gem that is loved by locals and admired nationally,” said Tableporter. “I am joining a team at the MPRB that has the privilege to serve current residents and preserve and develop the park system for future generations– what could be better!”