To foster a safe, diverse and thriving neighborhood by engaging the community to create healthy, affordable housing and support commercial development.


The East Side will be a cohesive, prosperous community of opportunity with:

  • An array of housing options, many new first-time home buyers who reflect the demographics of the neighborhood, and people who enjoy affordable and quality rentals;

  • Families who feel safe and have economic opportunity on the East Side;

  • Vibrant, walkable business corridors with businesses owned and staffed by community members.

Board of Directors

Terri Thao – Board President*

Program Director, NEXUS

Chris Crutchfield – Board Vice President*

Ramsey County Deputy Director
for Community Relations and External Affairs

Jim Jones – Board Treasurer*

Chief Risk Officer, AgriBank

Alfreda Flowers – Board Secretary

Executive Director, Family Values for Life

Juan Linares

Retired Theology Student

Rebecca Nelson*

Service Coordinator, East Side Elders

Nieeta Presley*

Executive Director
Aurora/Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation

Eric Saathoff*

Teacher, Crosswinds Elementary

Peter Vang

East Side Area Business Owner


*Lives on the East Side


2019 Partners

City of St. Paul Economic Development Department

The Cleary Group

Councilmember Dan Bostrom

Councilmember Jane Prince

Councilmember Amy Brendemoen

Councilmember Rebecca Noecker

EcoLab Foundation

Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

Dimitri Hatzigeorgio

Lunning Wende Architects

Macalester College Urban Studies Department

McKnight Foundation

McNeely Foundation

Minnesota Department of Health Risk Intervention Department

Neighborhood Development Alliance

North End Neighborhood Organization

Jay Nord

Otto Bremer Trust

Payne Arcade Business Association

Ramsey County Health

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough

Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy Board

Riverview Windows

Saint Catherine’s University

ShaneCon Construction

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

State Representative Tim Mahoney

State Senator Foung Hawj

Twin Cities LISC

University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

2014 Mayor’s Environmental Sustainability Award

For retrofitting lighting in 11 commercial buildings, thereby cutting their overall energy usage by 50%.

2014 Pioneer Press Munch Madness

Best Dining District” in St. Paul.

2016 Mayor’s Beautification Award 

For our “Spruce Up Payne” community clean-ups.

2016 City of St. Paul’s Best of Sustainable Building 

For the “Kendall’s Ace Hardware Project.”

2016 National Urban Institute’s Thomas Kingsley Impact Award 

For our study with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs of St. Paul’s Capital Improvement Budget process and funding outcomes.