Corcoran Neighborhood Organization Staff

Executive Director: Alicia D. Smith 

Alicia Smith

I bring wide-ranging expertise to Corcoran Neighborhood Organization. I previously held multiple positions at the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities and my own consulting firm Crowns & Thrones LLC. As a lifelong community builder, I feel lucky to be able to talk to people face-to-face about their passion as well as work with other motivated community members.

I am a believer in a strong work ethic, displaying elegance in execution and collaboration in performance. I spent my early years being the oldest child of a single mom, excelling in school and athletics.  I have always pushed the points of excellence and achievement which became a foundation from which to go forth in the world. Thus, college was followed by graduate school, followed by AmeriCorps and the continual pursuit of new ideas and learning best practices.

One of my major focuses is on supporting and building community-based programs, farmers market growth and collaborations that can be offered to the broad spectrum of youth, young adults and elders.

I am looking forward to building upon all of the incredible work that has helped create a powerful organization and movement. We've made a name for ourselves by constantly making connections between issues such as renters’ rights and building up our beloved farmers market. We make those connections because we know intimately that one issue cannot be separated from the other for the members of our communities.  Thank you for your support and I look forward to working with you!

In Partnership,

Alicia D. Smith

Executive Director

You can contact Alicia at

Manager, Midtown Farmers Market: Jenna Yeakle

 I am a graduate student in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota studying Community Health Promotion. I'll be finished in May; just in time for the market season! Keeping with the food justice theme, my masters project is developing the beginning stages for an edible landscape program in Scott County. I look forward to to bringing my expertise and networks in the innovative agriculture scene to Corcoran. 

For the past 8+ years I have held various community engagement positions in the nonprofit world. I could also whip up a mean cappuccino if you asked nicely. A chief inspiration of mine is the role of the neighborhood - how built environment shapes safety, helps or hinders access to food, facilitates outdoors activities, etc. I serve on my own neighborhood organization's board (the Lyndale Neighborhood Association) and chair a community engagement committee with my home congregation at ELCA Zion Lutheran Church. Through these two organizations, I coordinated a weekly neighborhood dinner for almost three years. 

My vision for the Midtown Farmers Market is simple: I hope to create a space that welcomes and facilitates the kind of weekend ritual I shared with my college roommate 5 years ago. A space where family can get to know their farmers and farmers build community among themselves. A space for healthy relationships, for curiosity and learning, for cultural exchange celebration, and a space for rethinking the way we do business around food.

My doors are always open, and I invite questions, suggestions, and big ideas! Please visit me at the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization or suggest grabbing a cup of coffee. I'm excited to work together.

You can email Jenna at

Assistant Manager, Midtown Farmers Market: Kate Sheldon

Kate Sheldon is a resident of Midtown Phillips and Assistant Manager of the Midtown Farmers Market. Kate is also the Co-Founder/Co-Director of The White Page, a gallery and residency program for emerging artists just a block away from the CNO office. In addition to her work at The White Page, Kate most recently worked as an arts administrator for Public Art Saint Paul. In these roles, Kate has planned and executed artist markets and gallery events, implemented communications plans, and been active in managing social media marketing campaigns for both organizations. 

You can email Kate at



    published CNO Staff in About 2019-01-15 19:58:28 -0600