We are excited to introduce our CAPM board members for 2013. Today we have Adeel Lari, Board Liaison to the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans1. Who are you?
Adeel Z. Lari currently employed at University of Minnesota where he is serving as Director of Innovative Financing at State and Local Policy Program, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He joined University of Minnesota after serving more than 30 years in leadership roles at Minnesota Department of Transportation.
An engineer by profession, Adeel Lari’s formal education includes Masters Degree in Civil Engineering (M.Sc.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a also a licensed real estate broker, has held appraisal license, and has earned certificates in Mediation from William Mitchell College of Law and in Strategic Public Sector Negotiations from Harvard University. Adeel also owns ACL Management Company, established in 1977. ACL Management is a Real Estate Management, investment and Brokerage Company.
2. What are some of your current involvements in the community?
Adeel has been studying, championing and attempting to implement innovative transportation financing initiatives in Minnesota. He has served as the director of the Offices of Alternative Transportation Financing (ATF) and Research Services. One of his responsibilities included building partnerships with the public and private sectors to leverage public dollars on large-scale transportation improvements. Mr. Lari’s initiatives have won numerous awards including “President’s Modal Award” by AASHTO and “Distinguished Project Award” by The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.
Mr. Lari’s initiatives have won numerous awards including “President’s Modal Award” by AASHTO and “Distinguish Project Award” by The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Adeel has authored and co-authored many reports published by Mn/DOT, FHWA, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Transportation Research Board (TRB), and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) America. He has also frequently spoken nationally on the Transportation issues.
3. What do you hope to accomplish on CAPM’s board?
Adeel is also very active in the community. He has been a board member for 12 years and Chair for 8 years of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotan. He has also served on the boards of Citizen League, Family housing fund among others. He also served as the member of Governor’s advisory commission on Redistricting.
Believing that it is important that Asian Pacific community fully participate in political process, Adeel help organize, Asian Pacific caucus within Democratic Farmers Labor (DFL) party and served its chair for many years. He is a frequent delegate to county and state DFL conventions. He has served on various DFL committees. He is also serving as a chief election judge.