Elena Gaarder-Executive Director: In October 2010, WSCO hired Elena Gaarder to serve as its new Executive Director. She brings to the organization over fourteen years of experience working in the community development sector, including acting as the Executive Director of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) from 2004-2007, serving as Board President for the City of Lakes Community Land Trust from 2007-2009 and acting as Director of Projects for the Council on Crime and Justice. Elena has also operated a successful consulting business for the last ten years, providing comprehensive planning, strategic planning, fund development, program evaluation and community leadership training services to small family foundations, community-based organizations and community development corporations. Her educational experience includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.
Mason Wells-Community Organizer: