Local, regional and national leaders come to Rapid City for a 24-hour blitz of conversations and collaborations through Morning Fill Up, a series of public gatherings intended to inspire and engage members of The Garage coworking space, as well as residents around western South Dakota, to put their creative energies into action for the betterment of the entire community. The series was founded by The Numad Group after a brainstorm the three founding principals had one morning over coffee while on retreat in Como, Italy. Morning Fill Up is sponsored by The Numad Group and The Bush Foundation.

Next Morning Fill Up: Deidre Schmidt
CEO, CommonBond Communities

Thursday, May 24 AT 7AM AT THE GARAGE


Deidre Schmidt is the CEO of the largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing in the Upper Midwest.

Now, as our community continues to discuss the role affordable housing can play in western South Dakota, she'll sit down with Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group for Morning Fill Up on Thursday, May 24 at 7am at The Garage. Deidre will share her insights on how affordable housing can transform a community, and offer learnings she’s experienced helping individuals and families move into their own homes over the past 20 years. 

Deidre is the president and CEO of CommonBond Communities, a nonprofit providing homes and services for nearly 12,000 people every year. CommonBond develops, owns or manages more than 6,000 affordable rental apartments and townhomes in 56 cities throughout Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

She loves to help others understand the importance of affordable housing, and to demystify how it is produced in the U.S. and around the world.

She holds two personal values above all others: respect and responsibility. "Respect is about recognizing every person's intrinsic value and potential to contribute," she says. "Responsibility is about using your own talents and advantages to achieve something for others."

Before arriving at CommonBond in 2014, Deidre held management positions with Brighton Development and Artspace in Minneapolis, National Equity Fund in Chicago and the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston. A well-respected lecturer on housing and urbanization at Harvard University, she also operated her own consulting firm, One Roof Global Consulting. 

Deidre was a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a Marshall Memorial Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She currently teaches about affordable housing finance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, in addition to public talks across the country.

Previous Morning Fill Up Guests

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We've got an awesome partner in our work to bring Morning Fill Up to the Black Hills region. Shout out and big thanks to The Bush Foundation for sponsoring Morning Fill Up with us. They rock.