Our Staff

Jessica Focht-Perlberg

Executive Director

jessica@secomo.org

Jessica and her family have lived in SE Como since  2009. She strives to teach her kids by example how to be part of the change towards creating a community that is ever more just and equitable for all. Driven to action by this aspiration, she made a career shift last year to community organizing work, after more than fifteen years of social justice work as a social worker, and a legal services attorney. She looks forward to building on these experiences in service of the community in SE Como.

Whether you have been involved with SECIA for a long time or SECIA is brand new to you, I would love to hear from you. Contact me at jessica@secomo.org if you would be interested in finding a time to talk about what matters most to you in our neighborhood.

Mya Halvorson

Communications & Community Building Intern

mya@secomo.org 

Mya Halvorson just completed her junior year at the University of Minnesota, where she studies Political Science and Urban Studies with minors in Spanish Studies and Racial Justice in Urban Schooling. On campus, Mya is involved in research assistantship and the University Honors Student Association. Mya’s research focus and greatest passion is K-12 public education policy. In her free time, Mya likes to watch hockey, listen to podcasts, hike with friends, and make spreadsheets.

Julian Fernandez-Petersen

Communications & Community Building Intern

julian@secomo.org 

Julian Fernandez-Petersen is one of the Community Building/Communications interns at SECIA, and is currently studying political science, global studies, and urban studies at the University of Minnesota. Julian hopes to help SECIA’s mission of improving the SE Como community and is excited to work on projects like the E-Comotion newsletter and SECIA’s neighborhood outreach efforts, as well as help to plan events that bring our community together.

Carley Mossbrook

Garden Intern

carley@secomo.org

Carley is a summer Garden Intern with SECIA. She lives in Southeast Como with her partner and dog. She loves the outdoors, learning and cooking. Carley is pursuing her Master of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. She strives to advocate for equitable policies and organize with others to create safer, healthier communities. 

Zack Pederson

Garden Intern

zack@secomo.org

Zack is a current SE Como resident and University of Minnesota student, studying Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and Urban Studies with a minor in Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation. Zack’s passion comes from connecting people to their urban environment, and he looks forward to bringing what he’s learned through his studies and similar work last summer with GroundWork Milwaukee, to his own neighborhood as a SECIA Community Garden Intern.