Our Staff


Alex Farrell

Executive Director

Jensine Beyer

Communications and Website Intern

Cedar Thomas

Communications and Website Intern

Alex Farrell believes neighborhood organizations play a critical role in making Minneapolis a better place to live. Our stakeholders champion for the community, providing varied perspectives and expertise to a shared goal of enhancing lives. Cooperating with our local partners, we assess needs and develop service projects, adding historical context while exploring strategies for growth. We welcome all; we encourage diversity; we support collaboration.

Please join us if you are looking for a space to explore ideas and want to get involved in impactful projects. You can email me directly at alexfarrell@secomo.org and learn more on our website, social media, community gardens, or at public meetings listed on our calendar: https://secomo.org/calendar/. SECIA is our way of making our neighborhood our favorite place to be, and all are welcome here.

Jensine Beyer is one of the Communications interns for SECIA. She works to maintain SECIA’s biweekly newsletter, Como Tidbits , in addition to updating social media and the website. Jensine is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota, pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design. She also participates in a show choir and musicals through university organizations.

Jensine looks forward to using her communication and design  skills in this position to foster a greater connection within the community. She hopes her designs will make a positive impact for both SECIA and the neighborhood.

Cedar Thomas is one of the Communications interns for SECIA. Cedar designs the quarterly newsletter, the Comotion, in addition to updating social media and the website.  She is going into her third year as a resident of the Como neighborhood. She also spends her summers working at Varsity Bike and Transit in Dinkytown.

Cedar is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota, pursuing a BFA in Art. Her senior year will focus on photography and sculpture. Cedar is passionate about community engagement and connection through art.


Lauren Heers

Community Garden Intern

Amber Wiebe

Community Building Intern

Maribel Morales

Community Building Intern

Lauren Heers is the Community Garden Intern for SECIA and is currently pursuing a degree in Organic and Local Food Production with a minor inSustainability Studies at the University of Minnesota. She brings a horticulture background in landscaping as well as plant retail experience with Mother Earth Gardens, all alongside a deep love and understanding of our local and native plants.

Originally from South Minneapolis, this is Lauren’s third year as a happy resident of SE Como. She is looking forward to working alongside the Southeast Como Improvement Association to care for our community and foster greater connections between residents and our local green spaces.

Amber is a local Minneapolitan with a passion for people and public spaces. She believes the most fundamental civic engagement begins on a local level, and is excited to work with the community as SECIA’s Community Building Intern. Currently a senior at Augsburg University majoring in Urban Studies and Communication, Amber looks forward to connecting with the SE Como neighborhood and helping their visions for the area come to life.

Maribel was born and raised in New Mexico but has called the Twin Cities home for 12 years. She is a senior at Augsburg University studying Sociology. She enjoys reading, working out, dancing, and trying something new if she’s not studying or at work. Mabel is excited to be a part SECIA as a Community Building Intern and learn more about this wonderful neighborhood. She looks forward to meeting you all in-person soon!