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651-649-5992 2395 University Ave. W. # 300E St. Paul 55114

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Suyapa Miranda

Executive Director


Suyapa Miranda serves as Executive Director for the Saint Anthony Park Community Council where she works collaboratively with neighborhood residents, the board of directors, staff, business owners, and local nonprofits to build a more visible, influential, and resilient community. Suyapa supports organizational success by providing ethical, operational, and strategic guidance and governance that is consistent with the mission, values, and policies of SAPCC. In this position, she has achieved success in bridging the gap between neighbors and developers to secure affordable housing and sustainable and innovative design in new developments in the neighborhood. Prior to joining SAPCC, Suyapa worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years. Most recently, she served as a Development Coordinator for the Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI). In this role, she connected policy makers and the community and worked to provide education to the community on environmental justice. Deeply committed to social justice with a passion for affecting systemic change in the way public, private, and nonprofit sectors work together, Suyapa bring an equity lens to the leadership she provides. Suyapa builds stronger and more diverse communities through alliances and partnerships so that neighbors and organizations have a voice in the issues that are most important to them. Currently, Suyapa serves on the board of directors for several other Minnesota non-profits and organizations. She holds appointments with the Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) representing District G, including Ramsey County and sections of Dakota and Washington counties; and the Minnesota Council of Affairs Council (MCLA) (member 2012, Vice Chair 2013-2016) representing Congressional District 4 (CD4). She also sits on boards for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, as well as serving as the chair of the Partners for Women’s Equality’s board. She has served in the past as Vice Chair for the Minnesota Women’s Consortium (MWC). Suyapa earned a BA in Modern and Classical Languages from University of St. Thomas 2005. She currently attends Metropolitan State University pursuing a master in Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL). Email Suyapa.

Cailin Rogers

Outreach and Operations Coordinator


Cailin serves as the Outreach and Operations Coordinator for the St. Anthony Park Community Council where she builds community by connecting, educating, and empowering neighbors in St. Anthony Park. Cailin creates a diverse, sustainable, and proactive environment through her strategic guidance stemming from her background as a campaign manager. Cailin has managed both state senate and house political campaigns. Cailin’s emphasis on equity and justice stems from her work for the transportation funding campaign MoveMN, as well as from her time as the Public Policy Coordinator for the MN Women’s Consortium. In addition to her work at SAPCC, Cailin serves as a member of the Jennings Community School Board of Directors and as a Commissioner on the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Board as appointed by Mayor Chris Coleman in 2016. Cailin is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (UMN). Email Cailin 

Bettsy Hjelseth

CURA Equity Intern


Attachment-1-2Bettsy works as the Equity and Food Justice Intern for the St. Anthony Park Community Council as a placement through the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) program through the Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota. She will work this summer to explore the food needs of lower income residents in St. Anthony Park. As a resident of the neighborhood, Bettsy will join the Environment Committee for the St. Anthony Park Community Council. Her prior experience focuses on interning for a county administrator in Minnesota. Bettsy is currently attending the Humphrey School of Public Affairs where she is working towards getting her master’s degree in Public Policy. Her undergraduate degree was in Political Science at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. 

Jeff Cornell

Transportation and GIS Research Intern


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Jeff is a senior at Augsburg College majoring in Urban Studies. With a background in transportation issues and experience engaging diverse stakeholders, Jeff joins us to work on a transportation and mapping project. He will identify walking, biking, and transit access and opportunities in the neighborhood as well as areas with deficits for an equitable approach to SAP transportation issues. Email Jeff

Amanda Yang

GIS Environmental Analyst Consultant

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Amanda Yang joins our team as a consultant with a Master of Urban Planning degree from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has a background in GIS and holds a bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Amanda will work on a detailed environmental mapping project for District 12. Based off a collaboration between CURA and SECIA in Southeast Como, Amanda will scour public records to find the local history of environmental degradation and clean up.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 4.16.28 PMAre you a college student or high school student or a young professional looking to expand your skill base and professional network? We have just the spot for you! Join us to work on issues in the environment, transportation, land use, and community engagement. Tell us what your interests are and we’ll work with you! Email Cailin for more information.