Board Member Highlight: Doug Herkenhoff

Doug Herkenhoff has lived in the Lyndale neighborhood since 2005, and has served on the Lyndale Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors since 2021, including a term as LNA’s Board President. He is also involved in LNA’s Engagement Committee. Here’s what Doug had to say about his experience on the board.

Question: What inspired you to join LNA’s board of directors? 

Answer: I want to help create a community where people can get to know their neighbors and get involved in building a welcoming and connected neighborhood. I believe building a strong sense of community fosters connection and support among neighbors.

Question: What are some of the most rewarding aspects of being a board member?

Answer: It’s been great to meet new people from the community who share a vision to build a better connection with the residents and businesses. I’ve been working with the engagement committee, where we plan events for the neighborhood. It’s very rewarding to see a successful event come to life with many people attending from all different backgrounds.

Question: How do you see your role as a board member contributing to the Lyndale community? 

Answer: Empowering individuals by facilitating access to resources that enhance their quality of life is a cornerstone of community development. Whether it’s providing information about educational opportunities, employment support, or housing assistance, the aim is to equip community members with the tools they need to thrive. By fostering these connections, we not only improve individual well-being but also strengthen the fabric of the entire community. It’s about creating a network of support where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to the collective betterment of society.

Question: What advice would you give to someone considering joining a nonprofit board of directors?

Answer: Getting involved with your neighborhood board of directors is highly recommended. Through my experience, I’ve gained valuable insights into goal setting and strategizing for their achievement. Collaborating with other board members has been enriching, as diverse perspectives contribute to reaching shared objectives. It’s truly one of the most rewarding volunteer roles I’ve undertaken, and I thoroughly enjoy the experience.

Make a difference in the community where you live or own a business by applying to LNA’s Board of Directors. Elections occur July 22, 2024.

LNA specifically seeks to foster the leadership and participation of people in whom neighborhood organizations have historically underinvested — people who rent, and people who identify as BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color), LGBTQ+, and seniors.