In 2015, Becky joined NENA as an experienced executive director specializing in sustainable organizational development through an asset-based approach. Becky is passionate about increasing citizen involvement and has dedicated her career to building strong neighborhood organizations to ensure that community voices are heard. She is skilled at helping organizations and groups move their ideas to reality.
Her prior work experiences include serving as the executive director at the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA). During her time, she helped reestablish a struggling neighborhood association into a sector leading nonprofit with a methodical plan connecting mission, governance, finances, fundraising, programs and organizational leaders and staff. She also served as a Community Builder for the East Side Neighborhood Development Company; Peace Corps Volunteer for three years, including serving as a Small Business Development and NGO Advisor in Togo, West Africa and the Philippines; and also worked as a Government Affairs Specialist at ACA International, a national trade association.
With a long history of proactive leadership and community involvement, Becky helps to further NENA’s goals to promote neighborhood improvement and revitalization, and to encourage citizen participation in civic affairs.
Program and Communication Manager
Joining NENA in 2017, Lauren is a lifelong lover of nonprofits and the Twin Cities community. She discovered her passion for volunteering and local service when her parents took her to Alliance of the Streets Minneapolis (now St. Stephen’s) every Thanksgiving growing up. Lauren also discovered an affinity for environmental science when she attended the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley as a teenager. She has over 7 years of experience in volunteer, program, and communications management, serving at a variety of Midwestern organizations, including Community Thread and Be The Match. Part of her past work has included community and school garden development, change management, service learning programs, disaster recovery, and large community volunteer events.
Lauren is also a resident of the Minnehaha neighborhood, where she enjoys walking to the local parks with her husband and her dog.
Hired in 2016, Karla is a lifelong Minneapolis resident and has recently graduated from Augsburg College with a double major in Sociology and Metro Urban Studies. She describes her passion as living within the community and the rich history it has to offer.
Her experience living in Minneapolis combined with her love of research has lead her to conduct several research projects about North Minneapolis that gave a voice to the unheard. She enjoys doing research projects related to social change and community engagement. We’re very excited to have Karla working with the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association. And we look forward to furthering our commitment to the to the residents of Nokomis East though Karla’s work.
Tyra Payer moved to Minneapolis from Fargo, North Dakota and grew up on the Turtle Mountain reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. She studied psychology at North Dakota State University, where she had the chance to volunteer and discover her passion for community leadership and social change. Tyra is serving the community as a Public Ally AmeriCorps member, an apprenticeship program designed to change the face of non-profit leadership. Tyra is going to spend her service term completing a Community Snapshot Report, which will identify opportunities for new programs and services in Nokomis East Neighborhood.