Emerging Leaders in Community Development


Mission Statement

The mission of Emerging Leaders in Community Development is to equip early-career and mid-career community development professionals with the knowledge and relationships needed to effectively work with people and places to build our best possible future.

Focus Areas

  • Networking
  • Professional Development
  • Mentorship

Steering Committee

  • Ashley Bennett – Northside Economic Opportunity Network
  • Joan Bennett – Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association
  • Sarah Berke – Minnesota Housing Partnership
  • Rose Carr – Otto Bremer Trust
  • Brett Costain (Treasurer) – Twin Cities LISC
  • Will Delaney (Immediate Past Chair) – Hope Community
  • Justin Eilers – CommonBond Communities
  • Erin Heelan (Vice Chair/Secretary) – Metropolitan Council
  • Andy Hestness – Seward Redesign
  • Shalaunda Holmes– City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development
  • Lexi Prahl– (Chair) Pillsbury United Communities
  • Josh Tolkan — Project for Pride in Living
  • Miranda Walker – Aeon
  • David White – Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
  • Rose Teng – MCCD (Staff Coordinator)

Please contact us at (ELCD@mccdmn.org) for more information.

Professional Development Training Fund

The Emerging Leaders in Community Development (ELCD) offer financial assistance to our members to pursue field-specific training and professional development opportunities. Professional Development Fund (PD Fund) scholarships are available on a competitive, rolling application basis until the funds are expended. Applications are available online here.

For the 2015-2016 year, the Emerging Leaders in Community Development are sponsored by US Bank and Twin Cities LISC.

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