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We’re looking for passionate leaders and enthusiasts to step up and commit to help shape the future of entrepreneurship in North Minneapolis and surrounding communities. 

How to reach us

Business Hours

1007 West Broadway Avenue North,

Minneapolis, MN 55411

 

Phone: 612.302.1505

Email: info@neon-mn.org

Monday - Friday    

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday                  

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Join the NEON Board of Directors

We’re looking for passionate leaders and enthusiasts to step up
and commit to a term of service to help shape the future of entrepreneurship in north Minneapolis and surrounding communities.

Consider the next step and volunteer to help us shape our community
while growing as a leader, contributor, and collaborator.

Board Member Overview

The Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) has a dynamic group of community members fully engaged in governing the organization to achieve our mission. We look for individuals who are eager to serve in leadership roles, willing to engage beyond board meetings and provide philanthropic support to the organization. We strive to maintain a board that reflects the diversity of the community that we serve. For more information, submit your information below or contact us at board@neon-mn.org.


 

What do NEON Board Members do?

NEON Board members spend an average of 10-15 hours a month including service

on a committee or doing committee work.

Each member participates and supports their committee by:
 

  1. Regularly attending committee meetings and other important organization events.

  2. Make a serious commitment to participate actively in committee work and fulfill a minimum one-year term.

  3. Volunteer for and accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time.

  4. Pursue additional leadership opportunities including possible participation on the board of directors.

  5. Stay informed about committee matters, prepare well for meetings, review and comment on any minutes and reports.

  6. Get to know other committee members and building a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
     

What Committees Exist?

  • Human Resources Committee:
    Design NEON’s Talent Development Plan, the succession plan for NEON President, and identify key prospective candidates for management roles.

     

  • Finance and Audit Committee:
    Analyze organizational finances, surface board discussions and decisions.

     

  • Governance Committee:
    Champion good board governance practices, including board composition, education, and structure.

     

  • Real Estate Task Force:
    Analyze opportunities for economic development through real estate.

     

  • Capital Committee:
    Structuring loans and capital investments for Northside entrepreneurs.

Ready to serve? Complete the NEON Board Member application below.

Current Board of Directors

Officers


Lynn Farmer, Chair

AVP Marketing and Communications, Hamline University

 

Beth Dumke, Vice Chair

Vice President, Product Development & Innovation

US Bank

Blake Berquist, Treasurer

VP, Finance and Central Region, CFO

UnitedHealth Group

Shannon Olson, Secretary

Former Director of Member Engagement Strategies

Thrivent Financial

Board Committees

Governance Committee

Ting Ting Ni, Chair

Senior Financial Analyst

Abbott Laboratories

Spencer Cronin

Regional Practice Manager

Burns & McDonnell

Lynn Farmer

AVP Marketing and Communications, Hamline University

Human Resources Committee

Beth Dumke, Chair

Vice President, Product Development & Innovation

US Bank

Nerita Hughes

Dean of Business, Technology, Career and Workforce Development

North Hennepin Community College

KB Brown

Owner of Wolfpack Promotionals

Finance Committee

Blake Berquist, Chair

VP, Finance and Central Region, CFO

UnitedHealth Group

Trent Bowman

VP, Community Development Officer, Old National Bank

Russell Knighton

Retired, Bank Executive

Warren McLean

President, Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)

Fundraising Committee

Lance Knuckles, Chair

CEO, The Possibility, LLC. 

Shannon Olson

Former Director of Member Engagement Strategies

Thrivent Financial

Warren McLean

President, Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)

Real Estate Task Force

Dennis Werneke

Owner, American Chemical

Arthur Gardner, Jr

Construction Manager,

Hillcrest Development, LLLP

 

Warren McLean

President, Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)