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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Proposed Governing Document Revisions to be considered at Annual Meeting

At its March and April meetings, the EIRA Board voted to recommend changes to the EIRA Bylaws. At its April meeting, the board voted to hire a nonprofit attorney to amend and restate its Articles of Incorporation in order to apply for 501(c)(3) status. The proposed changes to these governing documents will be voted on by the neighborhood at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 18. Read More

Board Members

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

Becky Accettura

Becky has been an East Isles resident since June of 2018. She has a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Religion from St. Olaf College. You can find her eating snacks and drinking tea while walking around the neighborhood looking for cats and/or frogs.

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

Vice President

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

Debbie is a brand and content professional who has lived with her family in the neighborhood for 23 years. In addition to serving as secretary of the board, Debbie is the architect of the East Isles Farmers Market and chairs the East Isles Farmers Market Committee with fellow board member, Steve Havig.

John Grochala

John Grochala

Eric Hausman

Eric Hausman

Board Alternate

Steve Havig

Steve Havig

Steve Havig is a long-time Minneapolis resident and Founder/President of Lakes Area Realty. Steve has served as President of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors® and also as Chair of the Community Services Committee, member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer, and Secretary. You can find Steve at the Uptown office of Lakes Area Realty or buzzing about the neighborhood on his yellow and black Vespa.

John Morrow

John Morrow

John, his wife Megan and their son Flynn have lived in East Isles for Flynn’s whole life (6 years). Megan and John have lived here six years on top of that. They all enjoy spending time outside in the parks and experiencing the fun activities that Uptown has to offer.

Molly Simmons

Molly Simmons

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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