Minneapolis names director of Neighborhood and Community Relations

David Rubedor has been named director of the City's new Neighborhood and Community Relations Department by Minneapolis City Coordinator Steven Bosacker.

As director, Rubedor will be charged with leading the department and finding new and dynamic ways to strengthen community engagement throughout Minneapolis. In pursuit of this goal, Rubedor will focus the department on nurturing neighborhood vitality through neighborhood-based planning and implementation and the integration of this work with the work of the City. The department will also focus on addressing and removing barriers to civic participation and meaningful engagement.

The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department is part of the broader City Coordinator Department and serves residents directly and supports all other City departments with enterprise guidance in the realm of strong neighborhood and community relationships. The department is responsible for strengthening the City's quality of life through vigorous community participation, resident involvement in neighborhood and community organizations, and supporting clearly defined links between the City, public services and neighborhood and community organizations. The work of the department is also supported by the new resident-based Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission.

Rubedor has more than 15 years experience working with and managing neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis, including more than six years as executive director of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association. He also has more than 10 years experience as an executive director of non-profit organizations in Minneapolis. Most recently he served as senior project manager for the City of Minneapolis where he provided leadership and guidance to city leaders and elected officials on the development and implementation of the new Neighborhood and Community Relations department. Rubedor holds a master’s degree from Hamline University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He lives in Minneapolis’ Jordan neighborhood.

To learn more about Minneapolis community engagement work, visit the departments website.

Oct. 2, 2009

Published Oct 1, 2009