I am the new communications manager at the Longfellow Community Council. I joined LCC in 2022 after working as an events and marketing manager for an independent bookstore in Greater Longfellow. Originally from Milwaukee, I have been a reporter and editor for several newspapers and magazines in Milwaukee, Denver and beyond. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism and has a graduate certificate in publishing from the University of Denver.
I have lived in the Kingfield neighborhood for a little over two years now. I moved back to Minneapolis after spending four years in Denver. I moved right before the pandemic, so I feel like I still have so much to explore, although I’ve loved taking long walks by the lakes and going up to the Washburn Park water tower in Tangletown. I love architecture and art, and the views from the water tower are magical, not to mention the air traffic.
While I don’t live in Greater Longfellow, I’ve worked in the neighborhood for several years, so I feel very connected to the community. I’m often biking around the neighborhood or reading a book in a corner somewhere. I love movies and the Trylon is one of my favorite spots to catch a film – it’s such a gem.
What drew you to Longfellow and this
I worked in the neighborhood throughout the pandemic and the uprisings and watched a lot of the devastation to the neighborhood firsthand. I became invested in the vision and rebuilding of the neighborhood and wanted to be a meaningful contributor to the well-being of neighbors and businesses. My background in community reporting is foundational to my belief that we can do so much on a community and neighborhood level – our voices really matter, and being a part of LCC I have the opportunity to help amplify those voices and work to create a stronger and more united community.
What are your goals for this role?
I’m still getting acclimated to the neighborhood and organization, but one of my goals is to listen to the needs of residents and businesses and find the best ways to support them. I want to be an effective communicator and resource for people in the neighborhood and relate with them through languages and art and organizing. I’m excited to spread the word of what LCC does and make more people knowledgeable about our organization, while connecting with people and businesses in the neighborhood.
What value does the LCC bring to the
LCC focuses on issues and needs that are specific to our community – things like housing, development, transportation and environment. We facilitate resident and business engagement to work for the betterment of the neighborhood and form relationships that foster a strong sense of community.
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