Council members & districts

Susan Haigh

Chair, Metropolitan Council

Susan Haigh was appointed chair of the Metropolitan Council by Gov. Mark Dayton in January 2011. She is the 13th chair of the Council since its creation by the Legislature in 1967.

She previously served as a Ramsey County commissioner from 1995 to 2005, chief deputy Ramsey County attorney from 1982 to 1994, assistant Dakota County attorney from 1979 to 1982 and as a staff lawyer of the Metropolitan Council from 1977 to 1979.Haigh brings to the job an extensive background in government and community service. Since February 2005, she has served as president and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, which has built more than 820 homes in 50 cities with the help of partner families, volunteers and donors.

As a county commissioner, Haigh served on the metro counties’ Light Rail Joint Powers Board and was an early advocate of the Central Corridor LRT line. She also was a leader on solid waste management issues.

Her community service also has included the Minnesota Housing Partnership Board, the Minnesota Housing Commissioner’s Resource Advisory Committee, the U.S. Council of Habitat for Humanity, the Macalester College Board of Trustees, and the boards of Park Bank, Regions Hospital, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and Landmark Center.

Haigh holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. She is married to the Honorable Gregg E. Johnson, a Ramsey County district judge, and they reside in St. Paul with their four daughters.

To contact Haigh, you may call 651-602-1390, fax 651-602-1358, or email

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