NRP Policy Board Candidates at a Glance

Debbie Evans

Occupation: Marketing Promotions Manager
Address: 3807 Zenith Ave S (55410)
Neighborhood of Residence: Linden Hills
Years in Neighborhood: 14 years
Years in Minneapolis: 14 years
Phone: 612-860-2526

  1. How have your life experiences prepared you to be a neighborhood representative?
    As a Policy Board member, I would be an advocate for neighborhoods, marketing NRP neighborhoods' needs to the Board and others. I would approach my work with energy, enthusiasm, careful planning, preparation, attention to detail, and follow through.

    My service as a board member and former LHiNC co-chair, founding member of Neighbors for Neighborhoods, planner and facilitator of neighborhood conferences with the mayor and council members and an NRP Management Review Team Neighborhood Representative has prepared me for serving on the Policy Board.

    It is a representative's responsibility to inform neighborhoods of concerns and opportunities regarding NRP. The long-term dedicated neighborhood funding issue has been ignored while the McKinsey Report is being implemented. This should be a serious concern to all of the City's neighborhoods.

  2. What do you consider to be the strengths and weaknesses of the NRP?
    STRENGTHS: Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed. It's the only thing that ever has." This is NRP. In 1991 Minneapolis residents were given the opportunity to determine funding priorities for their neighborhoods. Through NRP, citizens have been able to make giant strides in improving their neighborhoods and building a sense of community.

    Through NRP, neighborhood organization's have had the ability to use tax dollars to leverage other funds. NRP projects have leveraged more than a HALF BILLION DOLLARS...$500,000,000.

    WEAKNESSES: The uncertainty of future funding for NRP generates volunteer frustration, burnout and excessive turnover.

  3. How have you participated in your neighborhood organization and its NRP process?
    I have been deeply involved in LHiNC and its NRP planning and implementation process since 1995. I have Co-chaired the LHiNC Board, the Natural Environment Committee, the Commercial Business/Commercial Property Committee and Chaired the Communications Committee and served on the Finance and Education/ Environment Committees. I have been editor of the Linden Hills News since 1997. I have overseen the implementation of LHiNC's NRP projects, big and small, and secured extensive matches for neighborhood NRP dollars.

    I am presently serving as the Protection Neighborhood's Representative to NRP's Management Review Team.

  4. How do you plan to maintain a relationship with the neighborhoods you would represent if elected?
    I would inform neighborhoods of important NRP issues and be a resource for information and support for neighborhoods during their Phase I Plan Review process and their Phase II planning process. I would be readily available to neighborhood board members via phone, fax and e-mail, and attend as many neighborhood meetings as possible. I would host meetings/events to disseminate and/or exchange information. I would be your advocate at the Policy Board. I would facilitate neighborhood responses to elected officials on the very important decisions being made regarding the future of NRP.

  5. Name one thing you would like to work on if elected.
    Sorry, There are FOUR:
    2. Improve and streamline neighborhood/agency relationships.
    3. Promote neighborhood awareness of opportunities to secure additional funds, e.g. grants, in-kind contributions, untapped neighborhood resources, sharing/pooling of resources across neighborhoods.
    4. Encourage neighborhoods to build on their Phase I accomplishments as they begin Phase II.

  6. Why are you running for a neighborhood representative seat on the Policy Board?
    I have deep respect for neighborhood volunteers. I would be a strong and ever present advocated for neighborhoods and their investment of volunteer time and energy. As a Neighborhood Representative, I would be a constant reminder to the Policy Board that government is here to help meet the needs that residents cannot meet by themselves.

  7. Please list any community-based organizations with which you are currently involved.
    • NRP Management Review Team, Neighborhood Representative
    • Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC), Board Member & former Co-Chair
    • LHiNC Communication Committee, Chair
    • LHiNC Commercial Business/Commercial Property Committee, Co-Chair
    • Linden Hills News, Editor
    • Neighbors For Neighborhoods, Member
    • Animal Humane Society, Foster Parent

  8. Please list all current paid and unpaid affiliations.
    Marketing Promotions Manager, HMT Marketing, Inc., all of the positions as noted in #7 above are unpaid.