Nokomis East Neighborhood Association

NENA welcomes new executive director


Our board of directors is thrilled to announce to our neighbors the hire of new executive director Brandon Long.
Brandon moved to the Highland neighborhood of Saint Paul from Iowa with his wife in 2012 to begin his master’s degree in occupational therapy at St. Kate’s. He began work at the Minnesota Autism Center as an occupational therapist in 2015. Brandon served as an elected at-large board member of the Highland District Council on their engagement committee and helped found the neighborhood non-profit Sustain Ward 3 (now Sustain Saint Paul).
Prior to serving as NENA’s new executive director, he served in the same role with the Union Park District Council. Brandon is also a graduate of Neighborhoods Now!, the grassroots organizing training program through the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
With a history of proactive leadership and community involvement, we are confident that Brandon will help further NENA’s goals to promote neighborhood connections and implement our 2022-2024 Strategic Plan.
Brandon began full-time in late April, and the board has also authorized him to hire additional staff, including a community organizer in 2022. Contact him at

Garage Sale Day returns on June 4
The annual NENA garage sale brings buyers and sellers together for a neighborhood-wide event. Whether you’re looking to clean out the basement or seeking reasonably priced hidden treasures, this is the event for you, your friends, and family.
Register your sale by June 1, 2022, at NENA suggests a donation of $10+, which will be used for NENA Neighborhood Projects.
On June 4, 2022, you can access a downloadable map or visit Oxendale’s Market and Nokomis Beach Coffee after 9 a.m. for a printed map of sales.

Start Planning Your Spring Projects
Check out the housing resources available through NENA for homeowners, renters, and residential property owners in the four Nokomis East neighborhoods of Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park, and Wenonah.
NENA offers up to $500 in matching grants for Curb Appeal and Home Security projects. We offer up to $7,500 through our Staying in Place grant program. And we also have a home improvement loan program with competitive rates and the home emergency repair forgivable home loans for income-qualified residents. Visit for more information.


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