East Isles Residents Association

East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) is a neighborhood-based organization whose primary goal is to improve neighborhood livability, develop a greater sense of community, and promote the well-being of all of its residents. EIRA encourages resident involvement in order to understand and take action on issues that impact the neighborhood. EIRA develops initiatives that address a wide range of topics that residents believe to be important. Our focus is on increasing neighborhood involvement, preserving the vitality of the neighborhood, and making improvements that make East Isles one of the City of Minneapolis’s most vibrant communities.

East Isles Neighborhood

East Isles is a vibrant urban, historic neighborhood that enjoys the best of the commercial city, and the peaceful escape of tree-lined streets and parks. Over 50 shops and restaurants line the southern and eastern borders in the Uptown area, while the serene Lake of the Isles is the border to the west.

The neighborhood’s name reflects the small islands in the lake and it is one of the most popular recreational destinations in the Twin Cities.

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Board Members

The following volunteers manage the business and affairs of EIRA to help make our community a better place.
Julia Curran

Julia Curran

Andrew Degerstrom

Andrew Degerstrom

Treasurer

Andrew loves East Isles for its many amenities, its compactness and walkability, and its easy transit access. He can usually be seen walking around the neighborhood or around Lake of the Isles, so stop and say hi if you see him! Andrew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Minnesota. He is also Chair of the Transportation & Land Use Committee.

Emma Erdahl

Emma Erdahl

Emma is excited to get involved in the East Isles community after moving to the neighborhood with her partner in May 2018. When she's not working at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota she can often be found at local coffee shops.

Mike Erlandson

Mike Erlandson

Mike and his wife Dawn have lived in East Isles since returning to Minnesota from DC in 1998. Today they share their home on the lake with John and Lily. Mike's best estimate is he has logged over 10,000 miles running, walking and biking around the Chain of Lakes.

John Erlandson

John Erlandson

Board Alternate

Deborah Gold

Deborah Gold

Secretary

John Grochala

John Grochala

Steve Havig

Steve Havig

John Morrow

John Morrow

Ellen Van Iwaarden

Ellen Van Iwaarden

President

Ellen van Iwaarden is a retired attorney and nonprofit consultant who is grateful for all the East Isles neighborhood has to offer. She enjoys serving on the board, walking and skiing around the Lake, gardening, and golfing.

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Note from the President

East Isles Residents Association exists to communicate with, advocate for and bring neighbors together. We are members of this community and volunteer our time to make it the best it can be. If you enjoy:

  • Attending our social events
  • Contributing to community green spaces
  • Participating in zoning and transportation issues
  • Connecting with your city representatives
  • Working at the new Farmer's Market!
  • Or just want to stay connected to what's happening in and around the neighborhood

Come join us an see how you can get involved! We have jobs for all interests and levels of committment.

See you around the lakes!

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2nd Tuesday of every month

Grace Trinity Church
1430 W 28th St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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East Isles Residents Association
2751 Hennepin Ave S, #294
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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