Rachel’s background is in direct-action organizing with a passion for driving progressive social change through program advocacy, volunteer engagement, event planning and public policy development. She joined the LCC team from Stevens Square Community Organization. As their Executive Director, she focused on diversification of the Board of Directors, expanding programming to support low-income residents, and reimagining Red Hot Art programming.
Prior to that, Rachel served as the Executive Director for the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group – managing social and environmental justice campaigns.
She currently volunteers as a State Legislative Lead for Moms Demand Action – engaging citizens and legislators to end the public health crisis of gun violence. Rachel graduated from the University of MN – Twin Cities with a degree in Management, Communications and Public Relations.
Andrea joined LCC in 2022 after working as an events and marketing manager for an independent bookstore in Greater Longfellow. Originally from Milwaukee, she’s been a reporter and editor for several newspapers and magazines in Milwaukee, Denver and beyond. Andrea graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Journalism and has a graduate certificate in Publishing from the University of Denver.
Wanja joins the LCC after three years of experience organizing for racial justice in political and faith communities. She studied Literature and History in her undergraduate, both of which inspired a deep interest in racial and religious narratives and the political power they have to cement not only our thinking, but our lived realities. Wanja is excited to use her organizing experience and love of community to help further the LCC’s mission of engaging and empowering the diverse residents of Greater Longfellow.
Torrie joins LCC as the Vista Tenant Organizer through the AmeriCorps Program. With over 10 years of volunteer experience from various neighborhood organizations, Torrie is very passionate about community organizing. She is eager to do all she can to connect the awesome residents of Greater Longfellow with resources and information on rental rights to help ensure equality in housing.