Board of Directors Elections

Candidate Profiles

District A

David Antonio Albornoz Sanchez (Subdistict A) 

What interests you about serving on the HMC Board?:

I'm a long time resident of the Midway (15 years!) and have come to embrace the challenges and rewards of living here where my family and friends experience their daily lives. During this time most of my work and influence has been with youth and sports (I have coached soccer, futsal, vollleyball and swimming at Hancock Rec Center, St Paul Central and the Midway YMCA) and I still believe with them is where any meaningful change/improvement is more likely to happen since older people are set on their ways and opinions and in general I have always been more inspired and transformed by working with youth than with so called "adults". I strongly believe that change, true transformation and progress happens not on a board meeting, or over zoom but on the streets and courts of our neighborhood. At the same time I also realize that as I get older my time to make a significant contribution to the betterment of our community is fast fading away, that I need to pass any wisdom and experiences I have gathered over the years so others can benefit from it. I'm not politically correct or MN nice but I'm honest and candid and transparent and have no other agenda rather than make the place that I live and where my kids will live better and more welcoming, so its time for me to sit in a room and give it a try, with a sincere commitment to making it work, past beyond being the diversity token member, I aim to be an intentional contributor, humble but firm, to the community where I live.

 

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

In my book representation means serving the community that I belong to, in this role I would bring honesty and sincerely engage in meaningful conversations about what can we do to make it a better place to live. As stated before, the vast majority of my experience is with youth engagement/development and sports, but I also bring to the table the life experiences of a first generation immigrant family from South America that move to MN in 2000, and have lived and thrived in this mostly white/middle class neighborhood for the past 15 years.

Please describe any special skills that you would bring to the board:

I'm a bilingual (Spanish/English) Hispanic man, husband, father of three kids and keeper of six dogs that somehow is still sane. I'm someone that has navigated two, sometimes, colliding cultures, while raising three kids in the America of 9/11, Obama, George Floyd, BLM, Hillary and Trump, and the rest of what we have experienced and we are STILL here. I'm a multicultural individual skilled at navigating issues across cultures. I'm also a certified translator and interpreter and work for the City of Saint Paul as a Spanish resource specialist and a Lifeguard Trainer. If its not clear yet, my passions revolve around youth development and engagement and sports and how these intersect with race, gender and politic issues.

 

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

In my book representation means serving the community that I belong to, in this role I would honesty and sincerely engage in meaningful conversations about what can we do to make it a better place to live.

 


 

 

Karl Hahn (Subdistrict B)

 Karl Hahn

Why are you interested in serving as a board member at Hamline Midway Coalition? 

I serve at Hamline University as a GreenCorps member. Mike Reynolds, Dean of the English Department who serves on Hamline’s Sustainability Committee referred me to Hamline Midway Coalition as an ideal opportunity to get more involved. I’m a strong advocate for well-organized and operating neighborhoods with an emphasis on civic engagement and sustainability work. I am making a personal effort to help uplift this community while gaining experience.

What is your experience in working with communities and neighborhoods? 

I currently volunteer in the Cedar Isles Neighborhood Association doing forestry maintenance and grant writing. I have a history of running student-led projects at Augsburg University, where I was honored to receive the Civic Engagement Award in 2016-2017.

Please describe the skills and passion you would bring to the board as a community member. 

I am eager to step up to the plate as a board member because I enjoy facilitating small groups and initiatives that I believe in. I understand how to break down tasks in order to implement projects. I am an organized planner with a passion for delivering projects. I was Officer of the Augsburg University Environmental Action Committee and also served on the college’s Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council: 

A District Council should understand and support the needs and goals of a community with high resolution.A District Council understands how to navigate governance, coordinate projects by surveying and support the interests of the community. A District Council actively builds a community by helping it define its identity and enabling its diversity and vitality through community engagement. Engagement only occurs when a District Council is active--when it sees and understands a community’s potential, in its green spaces, in its businesses, in its gatherings and celebrations.

 

Steve Samuelson (Subdistrict B)

Steve S

 

Why are you interested in serving as a board member at Hamline Midway Coalition? 

I have served as a board member in the past at Hamline Midway and Frogtown and I feel that my knowledge of how the District Council System works would be of benefit to the board

What is your experience in working with communities and neighborhoods? 

Board member of District 7, Worked on the Great Northern Corridor Project which was a collaborative between District 6 and 7, Board member Hamline Midway Coalition, Served on Transportation and Development Committees Hamline Midway, Member of the CIB task forces for many years

Please describe the skills and passion you would bring to the board as a community member. 

As I stated before I believe that my previous experience as to how the District Council's work would be of benefit to the board.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council: 

I see the District council's as go between the neighborhoods and the city. Because of the formal relationship that the District Council's have with the city I think that is important that we have a board and staff at HMC that can work on the issues that are important to the neighborhood and convey are needs to the city.
 
What else would you like to share?
 
I think because of the geography of the HMC, having both Snelling and University in the neighborhood as well as a well established residential area and Hamline University it makes this a very unique area with challenges and opportunities.
 

Nneka Constantino (Subdistrict B)

Nneka Constantino

 

Why are you interested in serving as a board member at Hamline Midway Coalition? 

I'm a lifetime resident of the Midway area.

Please describe the skills and passion you would bring to the board as a community member. 
 
I have extensive experience in working with communities and neighborhoods. I serve on the board of Trustees of Hamline University and Saint Paul Port Authority. In addition to that, I do a lot of work in the area of economic empowerment and economic justice with a focus on the black community in Minnesota.

Please describe the skills and passion you would bring to the board as a community member. 

I am passionate about making the Midway a better place. My husband and I own a home and rental property in the midway area in addition to the commercial building where his business in located on University. I have lived in this neighborhood since Montgomery Wards was here, I grew up here and I care about this neighborhood.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council: 

A community representative.
 
 

 

Scott Kruger (Subdistrict C)

Why are you interested in serving as a board member at Hamline Midway Coalition?

I am a current board member and enjoy the work.

What is your experience in working with communities and neighborhoods?

I have served 6 years as a board member, most of that time on the executive committee.

Please describe the skills and passion you would bring to the board as a community member:

I think I interact well with people in distress, manage emergencies well, and think logically.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

I think the DC's provide a vital role to the city as collecting the opinions and concerns of the communities, addressing local issues, and provide resources to the area .
 
Anything else you'd like to share?
I am a father of three, and my wife and I have lived and contributed to Midway for the past several years.