Voices of Rondo - Saint Paul's Historic Black Community
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Aurora St Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation
774 University Avenue WSt. Paul, MN 55104
Metropolitan State University Nieeta Presley was appointed as Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (ASANDC) Executive Director after serving 1 ½ years as its Community Organizer in 2002. Ms. Presley has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Metropolitan State University in which she self-designed her degree using her previous University of Minnesota nursing course work, her life experiences, and other business course work. She placed an emphasis on project planning, budget management, policy analysis, community and economic development, and non-profit management. She is a Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Careership graduate of 2001 and has completed training in housing finance and real estate development, grant writing and fund development. Ms. Presley came to ASANDC after working 16 years at HealthPartners in their Utilization Management Department as a Utilization Authorization Examiner. She also was trained while there to provide diversity awareness training for current and new employees. During her HealthPartners’ tenure, she lead several initiatives to change the how HealthPartners approaches its health care delivery. She was responsible for HealthPartners systems’ to be more culturally competent and respectful. She was awarded two employee leadership awards for her gallant work at HealthPartners. Ms. Presley oversees the everyday operations of ASANDC; including financial management and fundraising, and overall management of ASANDC’s programs. Ms. Presley, during her tenure as Executive Director has facilitated an expansion of the realm of the organization from Aurora/St. Anthony neighborhood to the entire Ward I (Thomas Dale, Summit University and Lexington Hamline neighborhoods) of St. Paul. She has done a great job of collaborating with other organizations and institutions to bring services to ASANDC and to give the neighborhood a voice in a number of planning processes and decisions. Ms. Presley co-initiated the MCASA Homes partnership with Model Cities, she is currently the Vice President of the MCASA Homes, LLC, the Secretary of the University Dale Redevelopment Holding Company (UDRHC), she was elected to serve on the St. Paul Mayor’s Central Corridor Task Force, and she serves on several other organizational boards. ASANDC, under Ms. Presley’s leadership is the co-developer and co-owner along with Legacy Management and Development of the University Dale Apartments, ninety-two units are directly located over the new Rondo Community Outreach Library on and six town homes are located just behind the library on Aurora Avenue and Dale Street in St. Paul. She was awarded the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Community Development Leadership award for 2006 and Ms. Presley was honored at the Facing The Race Ambassador Award Celebration held on April 27, 2009 as one on the honored nominees. She has been nominated and honored for several other awards for her leadership and volunteerism as well. With our communities becoming more and more diverse, Nieeta believes that we will need diverse leadership working together on "Common Ground, For Common Good" to solve diverse issues. Ms. Presley has been doing community work and community organizing for over 20 years.
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