CLOSED: We’re Hiring! Community Engagement Associate

Nexus Community Engagement Institute (NCEI) advances and strengthens communities through equity-based community engagement, both locally and nationally. (NCEI) is seeking a dynamic and deliberate individual who will provide community engagement coaching, consultation, and implementation support to national and local community partners and government stakeholders within the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC). The SJC is an

Worker Ownership Initiative Featured in Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Nexus Worker-Ownership Initiative and Kendeda’s radical grant making strategy was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy! The excerpt on Worker Ownership is below and you can read the full article here. “Some grant makers, including the Kendeda Fund, which was founded by Diana Blank, the former wife of Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, have

We’re Hiring! Director of Finance

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW:  Nexus Community Partners is a community-building intermediary whose mission is to “build more engaged and powerful communities of color by supporting community-building initiatives and foster social and human capital.” POSITION SUMMARY: We are seeking an energetic and creative individual who will provide leadership and implementation of essential finance & administration needs of the

The New Economy: Creating Wealth in Communities of Color

For Nexus Community Partners’ 15th anniversary, Director of Community Wealth Building, Elena Gaarder, reflects on creating wealth in communities of color, working with private businesses to transition to cooperatives, and imagining abundant communities.  Words by Nichelle Brunner • Downloadable Version When Elena came to Nexus, there was a central question being asked: how to better create

Next Generation Business Models: Exploring the Benefits of Employee Ownership

Nexus Community Partners and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) are partnering to host an event to highlight options for retiring business owners to sell their enterprises to their employees. Businesses transitioning to employee ownership are a trending alternative in business succession. Two thirds of small businesses listed for sale never sell, and

2019 BCLI Cohort 7 Announcement

Leadership Development that Creates Ecosystem Change Nexus Community Partners Announces the Seventh Cohort of their Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) They are organizers, government workers, parents and pastors. They work in the fields of food justice, housing, and education advocacy. They represent Woodbury to Shakopee. And they come from various multiracial backgrounds. Nexus Community

Nexus 15th Anniversary: Meet Terri Thao

After 15 years at Nexus, Terri Thao reflects on career, communities, and change. This profile is part of Nexus 15th Anniversary series. Look out for more pieces journaling our evolution as an organization.  Words by: Nichelle Brunner The white walls are lined with vibrant photos of her children, community elders, and moments in social movements and protests,

Featured: Nexus Worker Ownership Initiative & Partnership with Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce

Nexus’ Worker Ownership Initiative and partnership with the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce was recently featured in Finance & Commerce: “Cooperative ownership is a solution both to the challenges facing small businesses and to larger problems in the economy…Elena Gaarder, Director of Community Wealth at Nexus, says, ‘For us, this presents this really once-in-a-lifetime

Trying to Engage Effectively with Community? Recommendations for a Large Organization

By Janice Barbee, Founder and Director of Healing Roots, Member of Nexus Community Engagement Institute Advisory Committee—DOWNLOAD REPORT HERE! More and more organizations are realizing the benefits of engaging with the people they serve.  They’re becoming interested in what authentic engagement can achieve, beyond surveys, focus groups, and advisory committees.  Such methods are typically used

We’re Hiring! WOI Program Manager

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW:  Nexus Community Partners is a community-building intermediary whose mission is to “build more engaged and powerful communities of color by supporting community-building initiatives and foster social and human capital.” We are seeking an energetic and creative individual to fill the role of Program Manager for Nexus Community Partners’ Worker Ownership Initiative (WOI). Join

Sida Ly-Xiong: Exploring Community-Centered Leadership

“I’ve come to believe that you cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.” – Grace Lee Boggs Sida has been on the Nexus team for a little over a month, having recently left the public sector where she worked

Joy and Mindfulness: Introducing Karen Law

Nexus’ newest staff member, Karen Law, joined the team a little over a month ago as the new Director of Human Resources and Organizational Culture. In her role, she oversees all aspects of Human Resources and intentionally stewards an environment of continuous learning where staff feels energized and valued. Her work at Nexus builds upon