Cathy Spann is the Executive Director of Jordan Area Community Council. Cathy is a longtime resident of North Minneapolis with over 20 years in the nonprofit field, including such organizations as Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, The Jeremiah Program and NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center. She brings to the position a wealth of experience in North Minneapolis working in the public and nonprofit sector and significant relationships with key stakeholders in the community.
“We’re very excited to have her join us,” said JACC Board Chair, Lynn Riskedal. “This is a great time for JACC and we wanted a dynamic leader who could carry our organization forward. We believe we found that in Cathy.”
Cathy Spann has had the opportunity to work, consult and volunteer in public and social service organizations, over the past twenty years, where she has been afforded the opportunity to develop excellent skills in leadership and management. Throughout her career, she has worked intensively with multicultural teams and with diverse constituencies and stakeholders.
Her success stems from her focus on the achievement of organizational objectives, creative problem-solving skills and her ability to build positive business relationships through professional representation of the organization. She has been fiscally responsible for operational budgets ranging from $100,000 to $4.5m. She is personable and dedicated, and is committed to building the assets of organizations by using strength based approaches that build confidence in others and results in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation.
As the Executive Director of JACC she spearheaded strategies for Take A stand/Cease Fire, an anti-violence initiative to address Crime and Safety, that reestablished the Jordan Neighborhood Safety patrol, hosted pop-up events at HOT SPOTS for the Better Bus Stop Project, 4 years in row employed and supervised City of Minneapolis Step-up Youth, partnered with community block club leaders to coordinate ESL classes for East African community residents and developed an 11-week Entrepreneur training class with partner Neighborhood Development Center for small businesses, partnered with Twin Cities Media Alliance to create a strategy to share the JACC story to engage funders, the community and attract media to the benefits of the diverse Jordan neighborhood, partnered with Bike4Kids to provide children and youth with bikes and helmets; implemented the annual Jordan Week of Kindness event, with partners Habitat and Thrivent, who recruited 100 volunteers to complete a 12 block clean sweep, a gardening project, planting, a resource fair, rehab families homes and a community celebration that included music, live entertainment and a BBQ.
Pertinent strengths that she has been called upon to utilize include building collaborations across sectors, manage complex programs and initiatives, project management, public speaking, customer service, strategic planning, team building, budget management and organizational development.