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Welcome Aboard! Introducing Three New Habitat Board Members

Posted by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity on 3:00 PM on November 20, 2020

The Board of Directors at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity welcomes three new members this fall. They join the board as we weather the challenges of COVID-19 and hone our organization's focus on racial equity.

The newest board members are:

  • Anne Behrendt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Doran Companies
  • Bob Israel, Vice President, Global Sustainability, The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Michelle Robinson, Vice President of Business Development, Advocate Aurora Health Systems

The Executive Committee members of the Board are:

  • John Walbrun, SVP Supply Chain & Properties, Caribou Coffee, serving as Chair
  • Nikki Sorum, Senior Vice President, Membership, Thrivent, serving as Vice Chair
  • Mitch Bleske, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, Bremer Bank, serving as Treasurer
  • Keiko Sugisaka, Partner, Maslon LLP, serving as Secretary


More About the Newest Board Members

Anne Behrendt

Anne Behrendt

Anne Behrendt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Doran Companies, one of the leading commercial real estate companies in the upper Midwest and a trusted leader in development, architecture, construction, and asset management.

Setting Doran Companies’ strategic direction and overseeing an executive leadership team of eight, Anne is responsible for ensuring the development-led company is well positioned to maintain its competitive edge and continue its strong growth trajectory. Since Anne joined the company almost 10 years ago, Doran has grown from 25 to approximately 300 employees, expanded to include an office in Denver, CO, developed, designed, or built dozens of luxury multi-family and mixed-use projects, managed millions of square feet of commercial space and luxury residential communities in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods throughout the Midwest, and secured $1 billion in business.

Named a “Business Titan and Top Person to Know in 2020” by Twin Cities Business Magazine, a “Twin Cities Power Woman” by BisNow, one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” as well as one of the top “Women in Business,” and presented with a “Best Place to Work Leadership Award” by the Star Tribune, Anne is held in high esteem by Doran employees and industry peers and partners. A native Minnesotan, Anne received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children.

Bob Israel

Bob IsraelBob Israel, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Global Sustainability & Advocacy at The Sherwin-Williams Company.

At the time of the Valspar acquisition, Bob served as Vice President, Global Product Stewardship since 2011 and briefly led the Valspar Foundation and its relationship with Habitat for Humanity. Prior to Valspar, Bob spent 14 years at Diversey as Vice President of sustainability and stewardship programs. Bob has also held positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a regulatory consultant to the chemical industry.

In his career spanning more than 30 years, Bob has played strategic roles in the area of corporate sustainability, product stewardship, and regulatory affairs. In these roles, he has focused on continuous improvement and being a change agent for the companies he’s worked for. He serves as an advisor to organizations such as the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Green Chemistry in Commerce Council (GC3), leveraging his experiences in sustainability reporting and green chemistry respectively.

Bob earned his Bachelors degree in Chemistry from SUNY at Oswego, NY and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Delaware. He and his family reside in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson is Vice President of Business Development for Advocate Aurora Health Systems. She is responsible for growing over $4 billion Gross Revenue for the South Chicagoland Patient Service area.

Prior to joining Advocate Aurora Health, she served as the President of Heartland Blood Centers, which provides blood to more than 75 hospitals in the Greater Chicagoland area. Michelle has held Global leadership roles with Covance, Baxter Health, and GE. In those roles, she successfully designed and led strategic plans yielding positive margins and improved efficiencies along with creating highly engaged workforces.

Michelle is a certified Master Black Belt in Quality, has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University West Lafayette, IN, and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg in Evanston, IL.

She serves on the Advocate Trinity Physician – Hospital Organization Board, Tinley Woods Surgery Center Board, and on the Chicago Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Board. She is married to Pastor Jon Robinson M.Div., who is the Head Pastor of St. Peter’s AME Church in Minneapolis. They work together, loving God, loving each other, and loving God’s People.

Check out a complete list of the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.

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