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.
Ben joins the LCC after recently completing his undergraduate in Urban Studies with a concentration in community engagement and placemaking. He joins the team from the Southeast Como Improvement Association where he gained experience in community development, event coordination, and equitable engagement.
Ben has a developed passion for understanding the complexities of urban space and the individual histories that make up the communities that surround him. He believes that the collaboration between residents and their community organizations is imperative in creating a long-lasting and successful impact.
As a community organizer, Ben hopes to assist in furthering the Longfellow Community Council’s mission and contribute to the Greater Longfellow community.