Paul Williams, President and CEO, is deeply rooted in our community. Raised in the heart of Saint Paul, his strong connection to the Twin Cities region, its neighborhoods and its people, fuels his work. PPL’s fourth executive director in its history, he managed all city operations as Deputy Mayor of his native city before joining PPL in April 2014.

Paul has spent his career creating partnerships and building community. While spearheading community development locally and directing operations in 30 cities nationwide for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), he developed an unparalleled understanding of the opportunities and challenges around affordable housing and community development. With compassion and a sense of what works, Paul has served as a grantmaker for The Minneapolis Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation and the United Way of the St. Paul Area. He has also contributed to the leadership of a wide range of community boards. His spirit of collaboration, connection to our communities and commitment to amplifying PPL’s impact energize our work.  Send an email

Julie Brekke, Senior Vice President of Employment Readiness, cultivates excellence. Overseeing PPL’s Employment Training Program, schools, and Ready for Success, she has applied rigor and compassion to our work helping low-income Twin Cities residents since joining PPL in 2000. Julie’s entrepreneurial drive and personal warmth foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration, with evident results among the staff she manages and PPL’s organizational partners. With more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, she has contributed to PPL’s emergence as a nonprofit leader in employment readiness. Send an email

Jack Katzmark, Chief Financial Officer, brings his strong sense of responsibility for eliminating disparities to PPL. Growing up on Chicago’s south side, he recognized stark differences in opportunity from one city neighborhood to the next. As a result, he began volunteering his financial abilities to human service nonprofits only a few years out of college and has since served on the boards of organizations focused on child care, foster care and senior care services. Coming from banking and real estate finance, Jack joined PPL in 2008 and now uses his 25 years of professional experience to oversee the organization’s finances, human resources, information technology, and office administration. Send an email

Joanne Kosciolek, Vice President of Development & External Affairs, has led teams responsible for the fundraising, communications and volunteer efforts for over 15 years. She has designed diversified development programs resulting in sustainable individual giving. She has also created communications portfolios and marketing strategies to support expansion and future growth. Joanne believes in furthering an organization’s mission through volunteer involvement. She joined PPL in April 2016. Send an email

Barbara McCormick, Senior Vice President of Housing with Services, has been working to get low-income people into stable housing for more than 30 years. A respected authority on affordable housing and an author, her articles argue persuasively for the preservation of small, quality rental property to help stabilize neighborhoods. Her expertise guides PPL’s housing development, property management, and housing-based services, including youth programming. Barbara brings diverse resources together to make things happen in her work at PPL and in her service on the boards of other housing-focused nonprofits. Since she joined PPL in 1998, Barbara has helped build our reputation as a stalwart nonprofit housing developer. Send an email

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