Lynn Carlson Schell is CEO and managing principal of Shelter Corporation, a Minnesota-based developer, owner and operator of multi-family and senior living communities. Ms. Carlson Schell directs the firm’s strategic planning, long-term growth, development of capital and overall profitability.
 
Ms. Carlson Schell’s accomplishments include leading the company’s development of affordable housing through innovative financing and partnerships and spearheading the company’s diversification into senior communities. Ms. Carlson Schell has directly or indirectly supervised the development and acquisition of nearly 15,000 units encompassing $795 million of real estate. In 2009, Ms. Carlson Schell was honored as an Industry Leader by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
 
Prior to founding Shelter Corporation, Ms. Carlson Schell spent nine years as an associate and senior developer with Can-American Realty Corporation. She was responsible for residential, condominium and apartment developments in the Midwest and Florida, and for managing a regional office in Naples, Florida.
 
Ms. Carlson Schell’s leadership is valued by a number of corporate and civic organizations. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the National Multi-Housing Council, as Treasurer of the Twin Cities Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, as Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Library Foundation of Hennepin County, and on the Board of Directors for Minnesota Dance Theater and the Dance Institute.   Ms. Carlson Schell is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.