Neighborhood & Community Relations

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Neighborhoods 2020

Neighborhoods 2020 is an opportunity to further develop and improve upon the City of Minneapolis’ neighborhood based engagement structure. Neighborhood organizations are by the people, for the people. Join the Neighborhoods 2020 mailing list! This does not enroll you in our general update emails.

For Work Group Members

Please pick either the July 24th or July 26th for your orientation. Only pick one meeting to attend.The event registration form is for those who have been selected for a member of a workgroup. Members of the public may choose to observe, but are not expected to register.

July 24th, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center/UROC
2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

July 26th, 5:00-8:00p.m.
East Side Services
700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Vision Statement for Work Groups

The Neighborhoods 2020 work groups will play a vital role in shaping the future of neighborhood programming and funding, governance and engagement policies. The work groups will take a city-wide, holistic approach, while producing recommendations for the Minneapolis City Council. These recommendations will help the City to create a robust community engagement framework that is reflective of the city's population diversity and demographics.

The Neighborhoods 2020 process will develop a robust and creative community-based engagement framework that will allow the City to marshal the resources, energy and creativity of all of its residents for a better future.

What Work Groups Do

Neighborhoods 2020 work teams will compile recommendations for the Minneapolis City Council that envision the next phase of Minneapolis’ neighborhood programming which should reflect changes in the city’s population diversity and demographics. The work teams will also look at advisory board structure and city-wide engagement policy.

From July to September, groups will develop policy, and from September through November, they will solicit public comment on their drafts. The work team will include the following three work groups:

  1. Program Guidelines, Funding and Implementation (16 voting members)
  2. Governance Advisory Structure for Neighborhood and Community Engagement (17 voting members)
  3. Citywide Community Engagement Policy (16 voting members)

Meeting times will be set according to the availability of work team members. The time commitment is estimated as 6 hours per month.

Work Group Members

The application is still open for one seat on the Governance committee. Applicants for the remaining seat are encouraged to apply before July 23, 2018.


You can submit your application via email to [email protected] or by postal mail or in person to 105 5th Ave. S. Suite 425, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

Current Work Group Members

Program Guidelines, Funding and Implementation Work Group

  • Kari Louwagie, NCEC Representative
  • Marcus Mills, NCEC Representative
  • Marcea Mariani, NRP Policy Board
  • Pending, Mayoral Appointment
  • Pending, City Council Appointment
  • Pending, City Council Appointment
  • Beryl Ann Burton, Fowell
  • Brandon Burbach, Webber-Camden
  • Becky McIntosh, Windom
  • Becky Timm, Nokomis East/Victory
  • Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Kenny/Kingfield
  • Claire Bergren, Powderhorn Park
  • Kathleen Cole, Waite Park
  • Sunny Chanthanouvong, Harrison
  • Long X. Yang, Hawthorne
  • Nate Streeter, Folwell

Governance Advisory Structure for Neighborhood and Community Engagement

  • Open, Cultural Community Representative
  • Nick Cichowicz, NCEC Representative
  • Jeff Strand, NCEC Representative
  • Council Member Reich, NRP Policy Board
  • School Board Member Samuels, NRP Policy Board
  • Pending, Mayoral Appointment
  • Pending, City Council Appointment
  • Pending, City Council Appointment
  • Alexis Pennie, Jordan
  • Janet Court, Powderhorn Park
  • Kelley Skumautz, McKinley/Camden
  • Nikki Lindberg, Armatage
  • P. Victor Grambsch, Nicollet Island/East Bank
  • Saralyn Romanishan, Lowry Hill East
  • Shauna Dee, Stevens Square
  • Erika Dani, Victory
  • Stearline Rucker, Field-Regina-Northrop

Citywide Community Engagement Policy Work Group

  • Peter Eichten, NCEC Representative
  • Denis Houle, NCEC Representative
  • David Boyd, NRP Policy Board
  • Pending, Mayoral Appointment
  • Pending, City Council Appointment
  • Pending, City Council Appointment
  • Carin Peterson, Sheridan
  • Cathy Spann, Jordan
  • Khadra Fiqi, Cedar-Riverside
  • Aryca Myers, Bryant/Lyndale
  • Caitlin Ross, Standish-Ericsson
  • Danielle Tietjen, Folwell
  • Gary Simpson, Loring Park
  • Vanessa Haight, Elliot Park/Minnehaha
  • EG Nelson, Bancroft
  • Lolita Carter, Near North

Work Group Composition & Selection Process

Neighborhoods 2020 work groups have the following structure:

  • 2 City Council representatives on each work group, appointed by Council President Bender.
  • 1 mayoral representative, appointed by Mayor Frey.
  • 2 Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission representatives and (1-2)* Neighborhood Revitalization Program Policy Board representatives, selected by each body at their May 2018 board meetings.
  • 3 cultural community representatives, 5 neighborhood representatives, and 2 representatives on equity and undoing racism recruited through an open application process and chosen by a committee of the Chair of the Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee, 2 NCEC members and 2 NCR staff.**

*The work group on Governance Advisory Structure for Neighborhood and Community Engagement  will be comprised of 2 Neighborhood Revitalization Program Policy Board representatives.

**City staff will serve as non-voting subject matter experts.

Latest News

Important Documents & Public Feedback Summary

NCR presented the updated Roadmap, Work Group Overview, and Public Feedback Summary to the PECE Committee on Monday May 14, 2018 to the Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee (PECE). The following documents were part of the presentation.

Why Neighborhoods 2020

The Neighborhoods 2020 process is an opportunity to look at how the City of Minneapolis serves and supports neighborhood organizations both internally and externally via staffing, organizational/advisory board oversight and grant-funded programs. Each piece is important for equitable and high quality services to our residents. The lens that Neighborhoods 2020 uses encompasses four important parts:

  1. Consistent funding and programming for neighborhoods and other community-based programs such as One Minneapolis and the Community Innovation Fund

  2. Proper sizing and oversight of these programs by an advisory body

  3. A consistent Citywide Community Engagement policy for the City of Minneapolis that incorporates the Core Principles of Community Engagement

  4. Evaluating the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department’s service delivery model and making changes if necessary.


If you have questions, please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-673-3737 or email to [email protected]

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Last updated Jul 20, 2018



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