Board Member/Vice-President, Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association – 2005-2006/2017-current: The Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) works to enhance the quality of life in the Holland Neighborhood by facilitating community engagement, embracing a diversity of voices, and fostering economic, artistic, energy-wise and innovative community development. www.hnia.org
Empty Bowls NE Organizer – 2013 – current: raised over $50,000 for three terrific local hunger causes – East Side Neighborhood Services Senior Food Shelf, the Helping Hand Food Pantry, and the Sheridan Story.
Hotdish Revolution! Organizer – 2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2017-current: NE Minneapolis’ signature community-building event, the Hotdish Revolution!, is a fundraiser for the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) and, as a community-building gala for NE Minneapolis, the event is a gleeful contest for hotdish makers and Jell-O sculpture aficionados with local “celebrity” judges deciding who will reign supreme in a number of hotdish categories. Co-created and organized 1st Annual event (2005) and many thereafter.
Gallery Owner – 2017-current: The Corner Store Gallery NE serves as hub for art exhibits and community events exhibiting emerging and local artists and musicians in NE Minneapolis. The Corner Store Gallery NE was previously Studio A in NE Minneapolis that exhibited many artists, musicians, and events, including the iconic Art-A-Whirl exhibit, “57 Princes: Artists' Homage to The Purple One” just weeks after Prince's untimely passing. Notable exhibits at the current gallery include “Over the Rainbow: Last Days of Nye's”, “Material Impulse: NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art)”, “Bag Ladies” (The Poetry, Collage and Installation of Andrea Jenkins), and many collaborative Art-A-Whirl exhibits featuring many local artists and musicians.
EQL - Environmental Quality of Life – 2014-current: A group of dedicated and determined citizens from Northeast and North Minneapolis have been meeting since August 2014 to improve air quality in the neighborhoods on either side of the Lowry Avenue Bridge. Notable accomplishments include shutting down the metal shredding operation at Northern Metal, a leading cause of lead air pollution in our community and organizing to make shingle manufacturer GAF announced install more pollution controls.
State Delegate Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) – 2010, 2018: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/24/kelliher-endorsement & https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2018/06/dfl-endorses-erin-murphy-governor/
Holland Neighborhood Small Area Plan Steering Committee – 2014-2015: The Holland Neighborhood Improvement Organization (HNIA) spent many months planning for and drafting a small area plan for the Holland neighborhood. The plan creates a vision for the future of our neighborhood and incorporated into the City of Minneapolis’ Comprehensive Plan guiding future funding decisions for northeast.
Board Member, Bottineau Neighborhood Association – 2008-2009: Bottineau Neighborhood is located in NE Minneapolis and is known for Mississippi River public park access, fine restaurants, arts and community gardens. Primarily worked on the Mississippi River Clean Up event and 5K Earth Day Run.
Green Party Endorsed Candidate for Minneapolis City Council, Ward 3 – 2005: Achieved roughly 30% of the vote in a crowded primary, went on to achieve roughly 30% in the general election; endorsed by the MN Daily and the Spokesman Recorder; ran on a platform of Electoral Reform and Grassroots Democracy (Ranked-Choice Voting; lowering the legal age to run for City Council from 21 to 18.), a Green Minneapolis & Ecological Wisdom (bikes and transportation; fighting the GAF shingling plant), Social Justice (police accountability), Nonviolence and Harm Reduction (decriminalizing marijuana), an ordinance against unfair predatory lending practices, a living wage ordinance, strengthen the Arts and enriching cultural life in Ward 3, Feminism and Gender Equality (an ordinance allowing for legally recognizing Commitment Covenants between GLBT peoples, therefore allowing marriage licenses in to be valid in Minneapolis), and a true municipal WiFi system.
Eastside Bicycle Task Force – 2003-2005: Planning for the St. Anthony Trails in NE Minneapolis, Central Avenue NE Trail; $1,000,000 Federal Enhancements Funding for the 18th Ave NE Trail (2010); NE Diagonal Trail; identified miles of bikeway gaps in NE Minneapolis, increased bicycle signage and wayfinding guidelines/standards; increased bicycle parking in NE Minneapolis.
Co-Founder/Chair, NORML MN – 1999-2002: Built a grassroots state chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) with over 1000 dues-paying members; organized first-ever door-to-door canvassing on the issue; co-organized sold-out benefit concert at 1st Ave’s Main Room (first Atmosphere performance on the main stage!); organized the first-ever state-sponsored medical marijuana forum in the country (April 6, 2001) that included grant-writing for panelists (legal medical marijuana patients, doctors and experts), lobbying government leaders to be on the panel (Commissioner of Public Health, Jan Malcom, and the Commissioner of Public Safety, Charlie Weaver) and to attend (Gov. Jesse Ventura), and writing and submitting many press releases; drafted the Compassionate Use Act (HF 2164 in the 82nd Legislature) and lobbied elected officials to carry it and the Senate companion (SF 1976) and the comp, the first-ever legislation introduced in Minnesota to fully legalize the medical use of marijuana.
Principal/Broker/Realtor®, Parkway Realty, LLC (Self-Employed) – 2016-present: Parkway Realty is a boutique real estate brokerage based in NE Minneapolis that serves people in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. www.parkway.mn
Realtor®, Metamorphosis Realty (Independent Contractor) – 2013-2016: Metamorphosis Realty is founded on the idea that the local neighborhood real estate office is the perfect place to build authentic relationships, greener lifestyles, and more sustainable communities. Metamorphosis’ unique combination of real estate and design-build expertise provides our clients with a truly rewarding experience. www.morphmpls.com
Realtor®, RE/MAX Results (Independent Contractor) – 2011-2013: Primarily helping first-time homebuyers in NE Minneapolis as a community specialist. www.results.net
Customer Service Representative (Cashier), Eastside Food Co-op (Part-time Employee) – 2007-2013: Customer service - provide prompt, friendly, courteous customer service; answer questions on all products, services, programs and events, referring to other staff when appropriate; attend community-related on and off-site events; perform other tasks assigned by General Manager. www.eastsidefood.coop
Outreach Coordinator, Holland Neighborhood Improvement Organization (Part-time Employee) – 2008-2009: Community outreach - enlist new communities, maintain relations with existing communities, facilitate neighborhood meetings, developed newsletter, organize and support community programs and events that accomplish HNIA's mission through constituent participation. Block Club development - organized Block Contacts, a Block Club network, and Block Club Leaders through door-to-door and other outreach. Online development - developed a relevant and simple website, weekly e-newsletter, and Facebook presence. Data management - developing contact management systems and tracking other resident activity. www.hnia.org
Community Representative, United States Congress, Office of Congressman Keith Ellison (Full-time Contract Employee) – 2007-2008: Community outreach on the issues of housing, energy and the environment. Previously interned on veteran and health care issues. Casework – acted as liaison between constituents and federal, state and local governmental agencies. Administrative duties including constituent service, letter writing, scheduling, and event coordination. Staffing Congressman Ellison at District meetings and events. https://web.archive.org/web/20071226190424/http://ellison.house.gov/
For more of Aaron’s professional background, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronneumann/