Commissioner Tabb

District: 4 View Map [PDF]

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Mailing Address

2117 West River Road N
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Phone: 612-230-6443, Extension 4

Park-Related Appointments

  • Board of Estimate and Taxation
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts Board
  • Southwest LRT Community Works Steering Committee
  • St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board

Previous Terms

  • 2010-2013


I have lived in a variety of places and seen numerous parks in my life including: New York City, Pennsylvania, France, Massachusetts, Germany, Oklahoma, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, and Portland, Oregon.


  • Enhance transparency and availability of information to the public through web access
  • Encourage additional community participation by reaching out through neighborhood associations for input
  • Continue the Minneapolis tradition of stewardship and leadership in our parks

Public Service

Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association Board, chaired the Crime and Safety Committee as well as the Zoning and Planning Committee

Career Highlights

Started my career in consulting at Accenture then moved into the telecommunications industry in Human Resources and Customer Service.


BA, MBA University of Oklahoma


Married to Robert Tabb, former CIO Ecolab, Past Chair of the Minnesota High Tech Association, Guthrie Theatre Board Member; 3 daughters; 2 grandchildren.

About the Board

In 1883, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board was created by an act of the Minnesota State Legislature and a vote of Minneapolis residents. It serves as an independently elected, semi-autonomous body responsible for governing, maintaining, and developing the Minneapolis Park System.

City of Minneapolis voters elect nine commissioners every four years: one from each of the six park districts, and three that serve at-large. View District Map [PDF]

Board Appointments

An annual meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board takes place on the first business day in January of each year. The following business is conducted:

  • The Board elects two Commissioners as President and Vice-President and appoints a Secretary who is not a member of the Board.
  • Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of an elected Commissioner, the Board fills that vacancy, usually through appointment.
  • The President appoints Commissioners to serve on Standing Committees of the Board. Each Committee has five Board members (including the Chair of the Committee), with the Chair of the Committee named first. Standing Committees include:
    • Planning
    • Recreation
    • Operations and Environment
    • Administration and Finance
    • Legislation and Inter-Governmental
    • Standards and Conduct

Roles & Responsibilities

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board performs its many duties through the contributions of elected Commissioners and the leadership of the Superintendent. Their actions are guided according to the following roles and responsibilities.


  • Develop park policies
  • Enact ordinances governing the use of neighborhood and regional parks, parkways, beaches and lakes, and special use facilities such as pools, ice arenas and golf courses
  • Appoint the Superintendent

Board Rules [PDF]

Parks & Neighborhoods