Whittier Alliance executive director retiring

Marian Biehn plans to leave the organization before the end of the year

WHITTIER — Marian Biehn, executive director of the Whittier Alliance, announced this week she plans to retire from the neighborhood organization by the end of the year.

Biehn spent nearly a dozen years leading the non-profit organization, which was founded in 1977. She made the announcement Monday at Whittier’s monthly Community Issues meeting after first speaking with the neighborhood board’s executive committee

“I wanted to announce at a public meeting first, because those are the people who show up and pay attention to the neighborhood,” Biehn said.

Whittier is one of the city’s largest and most populous neighborhoods.

Biehn, who lives in St. Paul, said she plans to keep busy with travel, house projects and possibly consulting work.

“I’m not the kind of person who can just sit home and knit,” she said.

Biehn is married with three children and two stepchildren. She also has grandchildren on both coasts who she hopes to see more often in retirement.

“Our grandchildren are both in California and New York,” she said. “I really have to block out time to see them.”

A job posting for the executive director position is up on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits website.