John Griffith '84
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John Griffith is the former EVP of Property Development at Target. John was a member of the Executive Committee reporting to the CEO and regularly presented to the Board on company strategy and large capital requirements. He retired from Target in May of 2014 after 15 years of service.
While at Target, John oversaw extraordinary growth on a variety of fronts – building more than 1,000 new stores, adding millions of square feet of distribution center capacity and headquarters office space. At the close of John’s tenure at Target, he was responsible for more than 325 million square feet of space, in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim.
John represented Target in government relations with the City of Minneapolis, the County of Hennepin, and the State of Minnesota. John drove Target’s interest in maintaining strong public infrastructure, safe and clean streets, and a reliable, multi modal transportation network. He helped to engineer transactions for new professional sports venues for the MN Vikings and the MN Twins, as well as the remodeling of the MN Timberwolves basketball arena. Currently, John is serving as one of Governor Dayton’s appointed commissioners on the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority charged with building the new Vikings Stadium.
Prior to his time at Target, John was VP of Real Estate Development at Ryan Construction, Director of Real Estate Development at Opus Corporation for 3 years and prior to that was a Partner in the Trammell Crow Company.
John has served on boards and executive committees for Bethel University, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Minneapolis Downtown Council, the Greater MSP economic development agency, and the Viking Council of Boy Scouts of America.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.