Meet Jon

Jon Commers is Visible City’s managing principal, and he calls on more than twenty-five years of experience working as a consultant, developer and civic leader in the market and policy environment of urban America. As Visible City’s founder, Jon is engaged with the team and with our clients throughout the day on priorities ranging from strategy to data interpretation. 

In addition to his focus at Visible City, Jon serves as an adjunct instructor of urban studies at the University of Minnesota. He previously taught economics at the College of Saint Catherine, and was a policy fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He regularly addresses business, civic and conference audiences on urban economics, governance and history.

Jon has also been invested in public decision making over many years, including service of two terms on the Metropolitan Council, the regional governance body for the Minneapolis Saint Paul metropolitan area. Previously, Jon served two terms on the Saint Paul Planning Commission, where he was elected chair, and participated through numerous other community and civic roles.

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