Building Community Since 1976

Minneapolis Body Breakers Breakdancers at 1984 Block Party


As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Elliot Park offers downtown living with an abundance of amazing historical architecture. Elliot Park is home to many well-known institutions and organizations, including Hennepin County Medical Center, Augustana, North Central University, Catholic Charities, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge, House of Charity, Kraus-Anderson, and more.

Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) was established in 1976 with a primary focus of reinvesting in the community through renovation of existing housing and investment in new housing. The focus of the organization has shifted over the years and current mission is to build community vitality by connecting & empowering neighbors

Our current work focuses on: 1) land use, 2) access to food, and 3) community safety.  We invite you to join us in this work - contact us today to find out more!

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Vanessa Haight
Executive Director

Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota
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Halima Ahmed
Community Organizer

Hamline University
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Ellie Benson
Tenant Organizer

Macalester College
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Board of Directors


Kim Forbes, President, MN Adult Teen Challenge (2019-2022)

Rebecca Thomas, Vice President, Resident (2020-2023)

Patty Smith, Secretary, AEON (2019-2022)

Chris DeLaurentis, Treasurer, Resident (2018-2021)

Jerry Dustrud, Resident (2018-2021)

Millie Schafer, Resident (2019-2022)

Trent Redmann, NCU (2018-2021)

Jane Lieberman, Hennepin Healthcare (2019-2022)

Vachel Hudson, Resident (2020-2023)

Glen Johnson, Resident (2020-2023)

Jim Hirst, Resident (2020-2023)

Billy Brownlee, Resident (2020-2023)

Toya Lopez, Resident (2020-2022)

Patti Wettlin, Resident (2018-2021)