District 12 names new executive director

The St. Anthony Park Community Council has hired Suyapa Miranda as the new executive director for District 12, replacing Amy Sparks, who worked in that role for nearly nine years.

Miranda has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years, most recently as a development coordinator and community organizer for the Women’s Environmental Institute in North Branch, Minn. She has also worked for Merrick Community Services and for the YWCA and has served as a board member with the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Service, East YMCA and the League of Women Voters Development Committee. Currently, she serves as vice chair for the Minnesota Women’s Consortium and was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to be the Congressional District 4 representative for the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, which she also vice chairs.

Born in Honduras, Miranda came to Minnesota when she was 3. She lived in various parts of the Twin Cities while growing up, including St. Paul, where she attended St. Anthony Park Elementary School for three years. She is a graduate of South High School in Minneapolis and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Miranda lives in Como Park with her two children, ages 6 and 7, who attend Maternity of St. Mary-St. Andrew School.

Sparks will still be working with District 12 as she moves into a new part-time position as executive director of the Creative Enterprise Zone, a District 12 task force that is working to attract and keep creative businesses in the Raymond and University avenues area.

You can reach Miranda at suyapa@sapcc.org or 651-649-5992.

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