Sarah O’Brien Hired as New Executive Director of HMC

Posted on July 27, 2021 - 1:01pm

The Hamline Midway Coalition (HMC) Board of Directors is happy to announce that Sarah O’Brien has been hired to be the next executive director of Saint Paul District Council 11. O’Brien will begin her role with HMC on Monday, August 9, 2021. She will join community project coordinator Alec Armon and neighborhood plan intern Emma Kiley. Outgoing executive director Kate Mudge has been serving in an interim capacity and will provide support during the organizational transition.


“Sarah has a deep record in fundraising and communications for community organizations and rich experience in staff organization and development,” said Mike Reynolds, HMC co-president with Thom Foss. “In the interviews she demonstrated a robust understanding of the Coalition and our work, and spoke with passion and clarity about community organizing and the role of a non-profit like HMC.”


A resident of Saint Paul’s Como neighborhood, O’Brien will take the helm at HMC after sixteen years in the nonprofit sector working to increase access to healthy food, education, and better opportunities for all. Her most recent role was on behalf of The Open Door where she led communications and development. 


HMC hired O’Brien after a three-month search and interview process by a board committee.


“We are lucky to have been able to hire someone as experienced and passionate about community building, economic vitality, and sustainability as Sarah,” said Foss.

Welcome Sarah!