LCC Staff

rachel boeke LCC executive director

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, LCC programs manager

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.

andrea LCC communications manager

Andrea Tritschler

Communications Manager


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.

bennett olupo, LCC community organizer

Bennett Olupo

Community Organizer


Bennett joined LCC in 2022 after teaching at Shakopee West Middle School. Before teaching at Shakopee, Bennett taught Physics and Chemistry at Huntington Park Senior High in Los Angeles. Bennett derived joy from empowering students and watching them grow as people in each of these places.

Bennett grew up in Shakopee, Minnesota. He studied Biology and Spanish at the University of Minnesota. During his time at the university, Bennett volunteered at Pratt elementary school, Roosevelt High School, and other organizations around the city while maintaining a strong presence on campus. He looks forward to calling Minneapolis home again.