Park Commissioner Brad Bourn takes lead job at Lyndale Neighborhood Association

Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Brad Bourn is the new Executive Director of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA).

“This is a really exciting opportunity,” Bourn said. 

Bourn said he is particularly interested in Lyndale’s work on tenants’ rights and work to help communities in transition. Lyndale has a new partnership with AccessAbility, which trains adults facing barriers to employment including disabilities, homelessness, prior convictions or limited English.

“They work with a lot of folks that normally don’t have voices in the community,” Bourn said.

A resident of Kingfield, Bourn previously worked as managing director of Ten Thousand Things Theater. The organization brings theater to places like correctional facilities and women’s shelters, where the arts aren’t easily accessible. Bourn also has experience at the Council on Crime and Justice, a nonprofit focused on the criminal justice system.

Former Executive Director Mark Hinds left LNA this fall to focus on a new digital publishing venture called Umami.

“I am filling some pretty big shoes with Mark,” Bourn said. “I will be excited if I can do half as well and half as much as Mark.”