Charlie Zelle was appointed Chair of the Metropolitan Council by Governor Walz in January 2020. In this role Zelle oversees a 17-member policy-making board which has guided the strategic growth of the metro area for more than 50 years. The Met Council makes strategic investments and provides essential services that support regional economic vitality, including transit, wastewater treatment, regional parks, planning and affordable housing.
Zelle has over 30 years of experience in transportation policy and operations, including serving as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation from 2013-2019. In that capacity, he oversaw a multi-modal state transportation agency with an annual budget of more than $4 billion. Zelle serves as Chairman of Jefferson Lines, an intercity bus company with scheduled passenger routes in 14 heartland states from Minnesota to Arkansas. He held the position of President and CEO for more than 20 years before being appointed to the position of Commissioner by Governor Mark Dayton.