LCC Staff

Rachel Boeke

Executive Director


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.

Justin Gaarder

Program Manager


Justin joined LCC in 2018 after working for the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department as an Intern, Program Assistant, and Interim Neighborhood Specialist. He is a South High School graduate that grew up in Greater Longfellow and received a degree in Urban Planning and Community Development from St. Cloud State University.