City hires new HRA Administrator

Aarica Coleman has been appointed as Bloomington’s next housing and redevelopment authority administrator. Coleman emerged from a strong pool of candidates as the person best suited to take on this important opportunity in a moment of great community and organizational need. 

Coleman comes to Bloomington from the city of Minneapolis, where she served as a senior project coordinator in community planning and economic development, working to manage home buyer programs, coordinating community engagement, serving as a liaison for public-private development initiatives and managing federally funded programs and city-owned rental property. She also served Hennepin County as a property manager specialist in the tax forfeited land unit. 

Before her time in government, she served in the private sector as a compliance technician and manager for Sand Companies.  

“The HRA has an important dual function in Bloomington, serving the present-day needs for housing by individuals and the future revitalization of the entire community through redevelopment,” City Manager Jamie Verbrugge said. “Aarica will bring a unique blend of professional experiences and tremendous leadership and people skills to continue moving the HRA forward.”

Coleman is a licensed real estate broker, and a certified Housing Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. She has served on the Commercial Land Trust Initiative Advisory Board, Minneapolis Area Realtors Board of Directors, and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.  

“I am excited to join the HRA team,”  Coleman said. “I look forward to working with the community and our stakeholders for equitable outcomes, where impact matches our intent.”