Executive Director: Alicia D. 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!
Alicia D. Smith
You can contact Alicia at [email protected]
Community Program Specialist
Molly is serving as the Community Program Specialist for CNO. She has previously worked for other Minneapolis neighborhood organizations, as well as other farmers markets, but the Midtown Farmers Market has always been her favorite. She got her start in community engagement at the National Park Service in Washington DC before moving back to Minnesota to pursue a Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul. She's a resident of the Standish neighborhood, and loves her 10 minute walk to the office. Outside of CNO, Molly is a political organizer, an avid cyclist, and an outdoors enthusiast. Molly is super excited and you may catch her this summer at the Midtown Farmers Market!
You may connect with Molly at [email protected]
Community Program Director
Hello! I am Keeya. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. Community is the heartbeat of what I do! I have nearly 20 years experience serving Minneapolis communities in some capacity. Since being a young girl, I was raised by my parents and grandparents to serve people and to be on a constant mission for change while advocating and articulating for others. I love connecting with others and connecting others to each other. I’m always willing to be a resource to people from diverse backgrounds and demographics ranging from youth to adults. I pride myself on treating others fairly, with compassion and kindness. A smile and respect are universal!
I am a woman who wears many hats! It really keeps me fired up and constantly going in my life’s purpose of changing people's lives. I am a Speaker, Creator, Educator, Leadership Expert, Event Coordinator/Manager, Social Entrepreneur, and now a Community Program Director! (How cool is that?) I have experience in Operational Leadership, Programming, Marketing, Communications, Community Development, Entrepreneurship and Education. I have worked with a variety of community organizations over the years by serving at an Executive Leadership Level. I have partnered with countless schools and community programs by providing programming, workshops, coaching sessions and/or speaking engagements. As a Social Entrepreneur, I have created The LOVE Initiative Group, programming designed to assist people (especially youth) with life changing opportunities focusing on the areas of Exposure, Love and Leadership. I have impacted thousands of children through my work by being an example of who I needed when I was young. I have worked with multiple school districts, and most currently work for Saint Louis Park Schools. I LOVE to host people whether personally in my home or my community to create warm welcoming experiences for them. I am a proud member of Change Network MN Cohort 2 (2018-2019) which highlighted myself as one of the Top 20 Change Makers in MN for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This was an amazing collaboration between the Bush Foundation, Humphrey Schools of Public Affairs and the Cultural Wellness Center. I am family oriented with a love for travel. I live with my spouse and my two dogs.
I am excited and look forward to serving the Corcoran Neighborhood and its residents in making sure we are united in our efforts while knowing each of our voices deserve to be heard as we do community TOGETHER!
You may reach Keeya at [email protected]