As a Senior Account Supervisor, Charlie Vander Aarde brings his 16 years of experience in government communications and public policy advocacy, as well as a large network of city officials, legislators, state agency officials, and the Metropolitan Council to help our clients address their short-term and long-term needs.
Prior to joining Tunheim, Charlie worked for the Association of Metropolitan Municipalities (Metro Cities) where he served as a Government Relations Specialist. He was an effective state lobbyist for eleven legislative sessions, building coalitions to advance shared agendas, as well as providing counsel to the association’s executive director, board of directors, and city governments. He is an effective convener and collaborator with state and regional government partners, community partners, private sector and nonprofit stakeholders, and elected and appointed city officials.
An experienced writer and speaker, Charlie has spoken on a range of policy and budget areas, including community and economic development, state and local government partnerships, housing, and regional governance.
Charlie lives in St. Paul and is active in his community. He coaches baseball and hockey, currently serves as Board Chair for the City of St. Paul’s Neighborhood STAR program, is Board Vice Chair of Minnesota Brownfields, and board member of his local hockey association.