In July, Chris Band of Morris Park was appointed to fill a recently vacated seat on the Board of Directors.
Chris, originally from England, has lived in the United States since 2014 and the Twin Cities since October 2015. He moved to Morris Park in May 2018.
For Chris, “the area appealed due to the good transport links to downtown Minneapolis; the location of green space with Minnehaha Falls, Lake Nokomis, and the Parkway; and the low crime rate and safety of the area.The first time I got to know a large number of my neighbors was while doing garden projects when I first moved in, and then at a block party for National Night Out where I attend multiple block parties for work but finished the night at 43rd/55th block party which had a huge gathering with live music.”
As a NENA Board member Chris said, “As much as I think electronic and social media presence is very important, I have learnt from working in community engagement that it is important to attend events and meetings to build the face-to-face relationships and interactions. I think the best way I can reach out to the community during my board term would be to meet them where they are at community events and volunteer opportunities.”
In his professional life, Chris works for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in Community Engagement. He is involved with various community safety groups throughout the city, and National Night Out. And Chris volunteers with The Advocates for Human Rights.
We are glad that Chris has joined the NENA team!
Click here for information about serving on NENA’s Board.