Equity Series

12:00:00 - 13:00:00
Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82678314570?pwd=SkhTTlkvaGFKN2J0N3pleWwvOVNMQT09


For 30 years, as both a residential and commercial land trust, Rondo Community Land Trust has been working to shift the paradigm of community development in Minnesota. Given that “traditional” economic development practices have inflicted economic, social, and political violence on BIPOC and low-wealth communities for generations, Rondo Community Land Trust is activating a reparative framework aimed at creating sustained collective wealth. In this presentation, Executive Director Mikeya Griffin will highlight the history of the organization, including its rich roots in the Rondo Neighborhood, and delve into Rondo Community Land Trust’s “WHY” for this important, transformative work.

Mikeya Griffin. became Executive Director of the Rondo Community Land Trust in Fall 2021. In this role she oversees all facets of the organization, setting strategic direction to effectively meet mission, grow impact and realize a bold vision for the future.

Prior to joining Rondo Community Land Trust, Mikeya served as Executive Director of Minnesota’s largest homeowner association and only private city in the state of MN. During her five-year tenure, she successfully increased member participation, established strong governance, and streamlined operations.

Mikeya’s career spans the public, private and non-profit sectors, including in roles at HUD and Land Bank Twin Cities. Mikeya has more than 20 years of experience in organizational leadership, business development, affordable housing, and community development. In that time, she has created and championed many affordable housing and economic development initiatives centering BIPOC and low-wealth communities.

Mikeya is an active community member serving on the board of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, Chairs the Minnesota Community Land Trust Coalition, and volunteers at her local church mentoring youth. Mikeya was most recently appointed by Governor Waltz to the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority.

Growing up in the historic Rondo community, her family instilled values that reflected community, incredible strength, courage, and resiliency. These values have guided Mikeya’s robust career and will serve as north stars for her work at Rondo Community Land Trust.

Mikeya and her spouse Axel both live in St. Paul with their dog Max. When she is not working or engaged in her volunteer activities, Mikeya loves to cook and build community by hosting large dinners for friends, family and community members.  You can also catch her singing karaoke with her friends, bringing back her days singing in several bands around the Twin Cities.

The Equity Series is free to view.


About the Equity Alliance Equity Series
The Equity Alliance Equity Series is a monthly seminar sponsored by Destination Medical Center and the City of Rochester. The purpose is to introduce diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices, build sustainable DEI community strategies, and build advocacy and allyship within the Rochester community. The series is held virtually on the second Wednesday of every month at noon.