Building Community Since 1976

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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 and transportation, 2) food access, and 3) tenant rights. We invite you to join us in this work - contact us today to find out more!

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Abdulrahman Wako, Executive Director

Contact Wako: [email protected] / (612) 234-2280

Jessica Focht-Perlberg, Tenant & Community Organizer

Contact Jessica: [email protected] / (612) 234-2280


Board of Directors

Kim Forbes, President, MN Adult Teen Challenge (2022-25): [email protected] 

Toya Lopez, Vice President, Resident (2022-25): [email protected]

Glen Johnson, Secretary, Resident (2023-26): [email protected]

Chris DeLaurentis, Treasurer, Resident (2021-24): [email protected]

Patty Smith, AEON (2022-25): [email protected]

Jane Lieberman, Hennepin Healthcare (2022-25): [email protected]

Millie Schafer, Resident (2022-25): [email protected]

Rebecca Thomas, Resident (2023-26): [email protected]

Lutunji Abram, Lutunji's Palate (2022-25): [email protected]

Mire Hersi, Property Owner (2021-24): [email protected]

VACANT SEAT, Resident (2021-24)

VACANT SEAT, Resident (2021-24)

VACANT SEAT, Resident (2023-26)



EPNI Board Meeting Minutes >

(EPNI Board Meeting Minutes, prior to 2023, available upon request by email: [email protected]

Bylaws, Annual Reports & Tax Documents >