Treasurer, Member-at-Large (Term December 2009–December 2021)
Cheryl Key joined the EDA Board in January of 2010, but is not new to the EDA. She previously served on the EDA Board as a City Council Representative from 1999-2002. Key brings an extensive knowledge of housing programs and practices to the Board having worked in the field more than twenty-five years. Key worked for fourteen years with the Rochester Area Foundation working primarily with the First Homes Initiative administering the Community Land Trust Program. Prior to this, Key spent thirteen years with the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) an organization aimed at providing quality housing options for citizens residing within the multi-county service area.
Key, a lifelong resident of Lake City has been active in the community serving on the Library Board, Ambulance Commission, Streets and Parks Board, Tree Board, Charter Commission and three (3) terms on the City Council (1994 – 2002). Key has also served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Community Land Trust Coalition and the National CLT Network. Key serves on the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund Board.
Key currently serves as a Wabasha County Fifth District Commissioner (Lake City). Related to her work as County Commissioner, she serves on thirteen boards/committees appointed through Wabasha County.
Key has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Winona State University and Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) Certification from the National Development Council.