Peter Bell is the Former Chair of the Metropolitan Council, a regional agency that runs the regional bus system, collects and treats wastewater, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide affordable housing opportunities. In partnership with local governments in the seven-county area, the Council also conducts long-range planning to ensure that growth is orderly, environmentally sound and cost-effective to preserve and enhance the region's cherished quality of life and ability to compete. The Council is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the governor.
Bell was executive vice president for publishing and educational services at Hazelden, in Center City, Minn. Bell served as executive vice president for corporate community relations for TCF Bank, Minneapolis, from 1994 to 1999. Under his leadership, the bank earned an "outstanding" rating for its community reinvestment activities by federal regulators.
Bell was a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and has served on the board of directors for many local and national social and civic organizations. They include the Citizens League, Center of the American Experiment, Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Center for New Black Leadership, the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and the Family Housing Fund.