Staff


Michael Jon Olson, Executive Director

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Active in community work from the time he bought his first house in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, Michael Jon has been HMC’s Executive Director since 2005.  He has served on the boards of the Center for Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Energy Connection, the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing, the Ventura Village Neighborhood Association, and the Longfellow Community Council.  Michael Jon enjoys ultimate frisbee, cycling, gardening, traveling, and going out to eat. He lives with his wife (Julie), Son (Jake), + dog (Max)

Melisssa, Community Organizer and Communications Specialist

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Melissa was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and she says that moving to Saint Paul in 2011 was the best decision of her life because she loves winter. Melissa became involved in her surrounding community while attending Hamline University which landed her internships in the Governor and Mayor’s offices in 2015. Her professional works includes campaign management, and currently working as the community organizer for the Hamline Midway Coalition. She is a  water protector, political healer, and  guardian for future generations. Guided by the resistance and work of her ancestors, Melissa continues to advocate for the communities in which she lives and works.