Annual Meeting – Board Election

Voting for the Board election will open on Sunday, May 21st and close at 12pm on Saturday, June 10.
Here is the link to vote: VOTE HERE
Please take a look at the BIOS we have for some of our nominees. The name of some of our nominees without BIOS are also provided.  
Results of the election will be posted on the website by 4pm on Monday, June 12th.

Join us for the 2023 Annual Meeting on May13th from 11am to 12pm!

Two years ago, COVID Pandemic prevented us from exclusively holding our annual meeting and board elections in person. This year, we are excited to bring East Phillips residents together for an in person Annual and Board Meeting.  This years Annual meeting will take place at the corner of 18th and 29th in South Minneapolis in person. We invite everyone to come over and join us in creating the community we want.

Join us to hear about what EPIC has been up to over the last year, learn about EPIC’s financial condition and participate in the board election!

Call for Nominations for Board Members:

Are you interested in getting more involved in your neighborhood? Do you want to be on the EPIC Board? EPIC board members do the important work of making sure that EPIC is a functional and legally compliant organization while pursuing its mission. Learn more about the responsibilities and expectations of an EPIC board member here.

EPIC is looking for nominations for board members, if you are interested, we encourage you to fill out the form found here by May 13th 2023. Please download the form and send your completed nomination form to  Contact Hindolo ( or 612 702-0750) for assistance filling out the form. Nominations from the floor of the Annual Meeting will also be accepted.

You are eligible to run for the EPIC board if:

  • You live, work or own property in East Phillips AND

  • You are at least 18 years of age

  • You attended an EPIC meeting (community or board) within six months of the board election (since October 2021).

Voting for the EPIC Board:

You are eligible to Vote for the EPIC board if:

  • You live, work or own property in East Phillips AND
  • You are at least 16 years of age

Voting for the Board election will open on Saturday, March 26th and close at 12pm on Thursday, March 31, watch EPICs website for the link to vote. Results of the election will be posted on the website by 4pm on Friday, April 1st.

Information on Current Nominees:

Mary Gonsior

Mary Gonsior is a current board member seeking re-election.

Steve Sandberg

My name is Steve Sandberg. I live in the 2900’s of 17th Ave S, and I am running for re-election to a second two year term on the EPIC board. The past two years have been chaotic to say the least, but looking back despite everything, we have made a good deal of progress. A passion of mine has been to work towards eliminating pollution from industrial polluters as well as supporting the creation of an Indoor Urban Farm at the Roof Depot site. Thanks to the hard work of so many residents and allies, I believe we will be successful and see economic, health and social benefits occurring for our neighborhood. And I believe we will continue on the track of increasing neighborhood participation with EPIC neighborhood organization. Much credit goes to those on the board who have put in the work to update all of our documents so that we now have a full time staff member, Sarah Santiago. Please vote for me, and please devote some time to our neighborhood organization. It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment, even small efforts such as attending a meeting or discussion can have a big impact.
Thanks everyone for all you do to make our neighborhood a great place!

Spencer Polk

Spencer Polk is seeking election.

Virginia Sanchez

Virginia Sanchez is a results driven social worker with over seven years of
experience in community building. Through her participation in the NYC Civics
Corps in 2016, she gained formal training in nonprofit management and
implementing volunteer capacity programs. She currently works as a
Community Specialist for a software company, where she develops customer
engagement strategies to nurture a thriving online community.
She has resided in the East Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis since 2020
and has recently purchased a home in the neighborhood. She is motivated to
get involved in her new community.
Virginia Sanchez

Nataly Sanchez

Although Nataly was born in sunny Los Angeles, she has called the Twin Cities “home” since 2003. Nataly graduated from the University of St. Thomas, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Journalism. Immediately afterward, Nataly immersed herself in the Real Estate world by joining the nonprofit organization, Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA). Within her former role as a Home Purchase Counselor at NeDA, Nataly provided her clients with a tailored plan to help them achieve their first home purchase! Nataly is now a full-time licensed, Real Estate Professional. She brings energy, integrity, and expertise to every Real Estate transaction. She has extensive knowledge of the home buying process and first-time homebuyer programs. When she isn’t helping folks buy and sell homes, she feeds her adventurous spirit by traveling and exploring all the Twin Cities has to offer! She has an investment property in the East Phillips neighborhood and she really enjoys working on its ongoing remodeling projects. Nataly also lives in the Greenway Terrace Condos located in the East Phillips neighborhood. She enjoys walking the Greenway on nice days with her husband, 2 dogs (Maya & Zeus- both xoloizcuintles), and her 4 month old baby, Nicolas. One of her most rewarding activities, has been serving as the Board Chair at the City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) from 2018-2023. This non-profit organization focuses on creating community ownership that preserves affordability and inclusivity in Minneapolis. Nataly would like to join the EPIC board to participate in volunteer opportunities, to help make positive decisions that improve our neighborhood, and to help move the organization’s key agenda items forward in a timely manner. Please vote for me!

Jeremy Gray

Hello my name is Jeremy Gray and I am running for a seat on the epic board. My wife and I have lived in Minneapolis for 15 years the last 10 in east Phillips. We are currently raising two boys and two dogs in our house just off lake st and cedar Ave. I am active as a block club leader and a member of the lighthouse network. My area of interest is working to bring safety to our neighborhood through more active block clubs and unique block identities. I want E. Phillips to be known for art, flowers, lights and ect instead of drugs, gangs, and open air prostitution.

Thank you.

Jeremy Gray




Richard Stone

To Join the Annual Meeting Via Zoom

Please don’t forget to join our monthly meetings on the second Thursdays of every month at 6pm.
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