Elena Gaarder

Elena Gaarder

Program Officer - East Side of Saint Paul

Started at Nexus: 2013
651-289-7030
egaarder@nexuscp.org

At Nexus

I’m a Program Officer for the East Side of St. Paul who joined the Nexus staff in April 2013. My work involves supporting community-based partners, elevating local and broad-based ownership models, culturally-based economic practices, and the role of anchor institutions in building community wealth. I also engage in cultivating national partnerships to advance cooperative economic development strategies.

About

I have 20+ years of experience in community and economic development, affordable housing, program and organizational development; comprehensive planning and systems change efforts. I was awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2015 to deepen my knowledge and practice of community wealth building and cooperative economics. I have an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning from St. Cloud State University and a Graduate Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.

INSPIRATION

"We all do better when we all do better" -- Senator Paul Wellstone