The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) is represented by a group of volunteers elected by residents each fall. EHFNA is working to improve the neighborhood through programming that is made possible through the work of neighborhood residents and business owners like you. Please contact us at 612.430.9161 or and visit us on the web at

Important EHFNA Board Candidate Information, Voting Form and Annual Meeting Aganda and Zoom Link Included!

Learn about the candidates running

for the EHFNA Board
2021 East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association Board Candidate Information.
Voting Ballot is included in this email.
All candidates were asked to answer the following questions:
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Why do you want to run for the EHFNA board? 
What special skills would you bring to the EHFNA board? 
Maria Finsness

I am a lifelong Minnesota resident and a renter in Minneapolis for a decade.  I am running for a second term for the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood association. For the past 2 years, I was voted a member of the executive committee where I am active in a re-envisioning process of the association's mission, visions, and impact in East Harriet and the city at large. I am also working with Jenny Taplin and others to create a network called East Harriet Connectors, which is a group of residents who want to foster community relationships and skill sharing with our closest neighbors. I believe in being an active participant in the community I reside in. I will work to reach residents like renters who tend to be more transient so that we have a more equitable engagement in our city to create change with all residents in mind. 
Aaron Hartung

I want to be on the EHFNA board because we need to ensure East Harriet is a safe, beautiful, and affordable neighborhood for every resident and I am passionate about working with folks to reach that goal.
As a proud Latinx resident of East Harriet, I would bring several special skills to the EHFNA board. I have lived in the neighborhood since 2010 and that perspective gives me a sense of where we have been and where we are going. I currently work as a COVID-19 community health worker and a big part of that job is outreach and building meaningful relationships with neighbors, particularly our Spanish-speaking vecinos. I am also a renter who is sympathetic to the rising cost of living in our neighborhood and I support more affordable housing opportunities.
Richard Michel

My name in Richard Michel.  My family and I have been East Harriet Residents for almost 25 years. I helped raise 2 kids in the neighborhood, who grew up playing sports and sledding in Farmstead park, and both attended Barton Open School.  I have been on the neighborhood board for two years,  the last year serving as the secretary.
I love the amenities that our neighborhood has to offer, from the parks and paths, to the businesses and restaurants.  I appreciate the energy that previous boards and residents have put into creating such a great place to live, and I want to do my part to maintain and improve the environment for current and future residents.
I am an engineer so I bring an analytic approach to projects.  I enjoy meeting and talking with my neighbors. I like collaborating with teams to define and execute projects.
Beth Popalisky

Hello.  My name is Beth Popalisky.  I have served on the board for one term.  I am running again because I believe our neighborhood board is important for our community.  I hope to see us engage more neighbors and bring your voices to the table. We have a good team with great ideas.  Let's work together to build more community in East Harriet Farmstead.
Jenny Taplin

Hi, I’m Jenny Taplin and I’m running for re-election on the EHFNA Board.
I’ve learned a lot in the past two years and hope to continue moving plans into action and connecting with the community through our committees and neighborhood events. It’s been exciting to be part of drafting our new mission, vision and values statement, for the neighborhood, in the very drafting room Theodore Wirth drafted our beloved park system over 100 years ago. We are so lucky to have this piece of history in our backyard.
As a long-term neighbor, I feel I bring knowledge from the past (I’ve been through four remodels to the Lyndale Farmstead play area, the 1981 tornado and having a 7 Eleven across the street) and as a paralegal the understanding of the legal process and attention to detail.
I enjoy volunteering, keeping our neighbors informed and gathering the community together
Maggie Zawasky

I have lived in East Harriet for 7 years with my husband and three sons (9,7,7). I am from Minneapolis originally but spent about ten years in Boston for college and some fun post-college years. The quality of life here in Minneapolis - and my family - is what brought us back. We love living near the lakes and having access to so many things to do and see. 
I am a serial joiner and served on my first neighborhood board as a middle school student representative. I enjoy learning what is going on in the neighborhoods around me and want to be involved in the decisions that affect us at the most local level. I have been the chair of EHFNA since this past November and think we have an excellent board of people who are engaged and passionate about our neighborhood. We've spent a lot of time this past year navigating changes and I'd love to continue on the board to see that through. 
I am currently a realtor but in my past was an event planner. Both positions require me to pay attention to the details while not losing focus on the bigger picture. In the case of our neighborhood board, that means navigating the requirements from the city while keeping an eye on our role and purpose as a neighborhood organization: how to best serve our neighbors and our community. 

The election for EHFNA Board Members has started!
Vote now through September 18th at 11am.
Elected Board Members will be announced at the Annual Meeting.


The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association is holding it's Virtual Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 18th, from 10am-12 noon. Please Join Us!

Neighborhood Updates. Board Elections. Great Door Prizes!!
Full Agenda Below

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East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association
Virtual Annual Meeting Agenda

Saturday, September 18, 2021
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Annual meeting
via Zoom
Welcome & Zoom Info
  • Please mute your microphone by clicking on the mic icon.
  • Click on top right to put screen into Gallery View
  • Click on the chat icon in the lower part of your screen and a chat box will appear. Please pose questions or comments in the chat box at any time.
  • If you’d like to speak, use the raise hand option by selecting “Participants” and click the “Raise Hand” button at the bottom of the Participants box; however, we prefer that you use the chat function if possible.
  • Please type into chat: your name, where you live, and a question you’d like answered during today’s meeting.
  • Board member and staff introductions
  • Reminder that New Board member elections are open until 11am. Vote now at
EHFNA Updates
  • New staff member, Megan Nolan
  • New committees
  • Bryant Avenue updates
  • Equitable Engagement plan
  • Budget review
  • Vision and Mission update
  • Upcoming: voter education events for city council, park board and mayoral races, and charter amendments  
Committee Updates
  • Neighborhood Engagement – when you meet
  • Community Partnerships – when you meet
  • Green Spaces and Places
Updates from Representatives
  • Ward 13 City Council Member Linea Palmisano
  • Ward 10 City Council President Lisa Bender
Q&A Session
  • Please provide questions in the chat box at any time.
Board Election Results
Door Prize giveaways  
Meeting Dismissal
A special thank you to neighbor MaryJo Hackett of mjhackett designs for volunteering her professional services to create the Annual Meeting postcard, posters and social media images.
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