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Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing


The Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing Program (NLOP) envisions neighborhoods and communities where people are organized to identify and tackle local issues, building vital communities that value full participation and embody racial equity and economic justice.


The mission of NLOP is to support place-based organizations to successfully take on local issues by developing the skills of community organizers and leaders.

Geographical focus

60% Minneapolis; 20% St. Paul; 10% seven county metropolitan area; 10% greater Minnesota 

Guiding Principles and Values

  1. We value the intersection of place-based, relationship-based, and issue-based organizing: people coming together to identify and work on local issues in a specific geographic area.
  2. We believe residents and community members understand their own issues like nobody else can, and must have a voice in decisions that affect their community.
  3. We believe neighborhood organizations are stronger when their leadership is reflective of the communities they represent.
  4. We believe in the value of neighborhood residents defining their own community agendas.
  5. We believe organizations, leaders, and organizing processes must be accountable to the community.
  6. We are committed to partnering with low-income communities and communities of color.
  7. We believe strategic collaboration across communities is essential to creating an equitable region

Organization Strategies

Community Organizing Training & Support

  • NLOP builds skills and knowledge for place-based community organizing through trainings and education programs
  • NLOP customizes experiences for organizers and organizations that include mentoring, coaching, consulting, and providing technical assistance and training.
  • NLOP provides direct organizing support to communities and organizations upon request

Strategic Partnerships

  • NLOP brings together community organizers and leadership to share and support each other’s work in the field.
  • NLOP supports strategic partnerships between organizations across multiple geographies to influence regional decision making
  • NLOP links community based organizations with other CURA programs such as the Kris Nelson Community Based Research program, Community GIS and the Neighborhood Partnership Initiative.
Ned Moore Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing Program Director (612) 625-5805
Malik (Christopher) Holt-Shabazz Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing Program Coordinator (612) 624-2300