NACDI LEADERSHIP TRANSITION
The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) announces the departure of founding President and CEO Justin Kii Huenemann. Mr. Huenemann founded NACDI in 2007 as a community development intermediary working within the urban American Indian community of the Twin Cities. NACDI was created to undertake and support strategies for community transformation for the 21st century though collaboration and innovation. In five years under Justin’s leadership, the organization has grown to be a respected community-based organization and completed many significant projects, including: hosting community design workshops, the development of the American Indian Community Blueprint, the development and branding of the American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, recruitment of Woodlands National Bank to the Cultural Corridor, predevelopment work for the American Indian OIC, offering entrepreneurial training on the Cultural Corridor, the development of a new All My Relations art gallery and Pow Wow Grounds Coffee shop, organizing and coordinating community events such as the kickoff celebration to Minnesota American Indian month and the 2011 Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival, providing community organizer training to emerging American Indian leaders, as well as community beautification projects including murals, street banners, and bike racks on the American Indian Cultural Corridor.
Mr. Huenemann has accepted a new position with the Northwest Area Foundation as a program officer, where he will work with the foundation’s eight-state region.
The NACDI Board of Directors is beginning a search process to fill the President and CEO role. Andy Hestness will serve as Interim President & CEO during the search. NACDI continues to partner with the Twin Cities American Indian community, and is well positioned to continue its progress in securing a stronger future for the Indian community.