Meet the Promise Zone Staff

City staff and nine VISTAs will support the goals of the Promise Zone

Meet the Promise Zone staff

Julianne Leerssen
Promise Zone Manager

Jacob Akervik
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Liaison

Bex O'Neil
VISTA Leader and Senior Associate

Abdikkaliq Sahal
Community Health and Safety

Jorge Carillo Juarez
Economic Development Coordinator

Wendy Hanson
Health Equity Coordinator

Rachel McNamara
Resource Development Associate

Grace Rude
Local Food Security Specialist

Contact us

Promise Zone

Office of Public Service




Office of Public Service
Attn: Promise Zone
350 Fifth St. S., Room 301M
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday