We ARE A DIVERSE COMMUNITY OF RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES FOCUSED ON RAISING THE VISIBILITY OF MIDTOWN PHOENIX.
The Midtown Neighborhood Association 501(c) 3 (MNA) was incorporated to provide information, education and outreach on community safety, neighborhood relations and welfare, development and other issues of interest to the community, and assists and supports other community organizations in promoting the common welfare and good of neighborhood residents. MNA is organized exclusively for educational, charitable, research, and exchange of information purposes consistent with its status as an Arizona nonprofit corporation.
At one time, Central Avenue (originally called “Center Street”) was home to dozens of stately mansions, similar to the still-existing Ellis-Shackelford House. Dwight and Maie Heard created what would become an internationally renowned heritage center – Heard Museum. Park Central Mall signaled the beginning of a new kind of shopping, while Phoenix Towers brought high-rise living to the Valley, and the public library morphed into the world-class Phoenix Art Museum. At the same time, residential communities such as the Alvarado, Ashland Place and Willo neighborhoods spread farther north, heralding the suburban lifestyle that would eventually define Greater Phoenix.
Though significant in Phoenix’s development, Midtown gets less attention in the history books. However, in 2016, Midtown celebrated Derek D. Horn’s new book Images of America Midtown Phoenix with Arcadia Publishing, a publishing company “…committed to making history accessible and meaningful through publishing books that celebrate and preserve the heritage of America’s people and places.” Your copy of this photographical history book is available at www.arcadiapublishing.com, www.amazon.com and local bookstores.
- Help neighbors get to know each other by holding social events
- Form Block Watch groups to reduce crime and vandalism
- Organize to share opinions with representatives of government
- Establish partnerships with Light Rail and Museums
- Support the businesses in our area
DID YOU KNOW?
- At one time, Central Ave (originally called “Center Street”) was home to dozens of stately mansions, similar to the still-existing Ellis-Shackelford House.
- Dwight and Maie Heard began what would become a renowned heritage center.
- Park Central Mall signaled the beginning of a new kind of shopping.
- Phoenix Towers brought high-rise living to the Valley.
- The public library morphed into the world-class Phoenix Art Museum.
MEET OUR BOARD
Patrick O'Connell / Board President
Patrick came to Phoenix in 2010 from San Diego after retiring from a successful medical career as a Clinician. After only one year of retirement, he decided to get his real estate license and in a short time started a real estate company called AZurbanLiving, specializing in residential properties in central Phoenix with an emphasis on Midtown. Patrick and his company sponsor many events across central Phoenix to assist in philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. He has held various positions on association boards throughout the years and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Hance Park Conservancy as well as serving as President of Midtown Neighborhood Association Board since March 2017. With the vast growth in residential housing and new businesses in the Midtown neighborhood, it is more important than ever to acquaint residents with businesses, and vice versa, to entice a "shop and live local" philosophy.
Edward Jensen / Vice President
A life-long Phoenician, Edward Jensen has been hailed as one of central-city Phoenix’s leading thinkers. An alum of Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs and a student of cities, he currently owns a small Midtown-centric information technology consultancy that serves small clients and emerging projects. In addition to being Vice President of the Midtown Neighborhood Association, civic engagements have included the Phoenix Arts & Culture Commission, the Hance Park Conservancy, and editor-in-chief and host of the acclaimed The Downtown Phoenix Podcast. He writes sporadically at edwardjensen.net and tweets frequently at @edwardjensen.
Heather Fahey / Treasurer
Heather is the First Assistant Secretary for the Arizona State Senate and a third generation Phoenician. She has resided in Midtown since September 2003. Her condo was featured on the 2016 Urban Living Home Tour. Heather was elected to the Midtown Neighborhood Association in December 2016, and currently serves as the Board’s Treasurer. She is also President of the Chateau De Ville Homeowner’s Association and a member of Phoenix Community Alliance. She is committed to preserving the character and history of Midtown while promoting development of the neighborhood for all residents and businesses.
Constance Combs / Secretary
Constance retired to Arizona in 2010 from career work as a Federal government contractor and program analyst in refugee resettlement. She has lived in Midtown since October 2014. Constance joined the Midtown Neighborhood Association Board in January 2016, and brings her expertise in program analysis and planning to the role of Secretary. Besides documenting Board business, Constance assists with the Association’s structural integrity and volunteer recruitment. Constance also coordinates the quarterly publication of MNA’s award-winning newsletter, The MUSE. Constance is committed to MNA's mission of promoting livability in Midtown for all residents and businesses in the neighborhood.
Jenny Poon / Board Member
Jenny is a serial entrepreneur and founder of CO+HOOTS, Phoenix’s #1 co-working space and small business incubator that currently houses 250+ entrepreneurs. She is also the founder of eeko studio, a boutique design and advertising agency focused on fresh designs for impactful companies large and small. Other businesses she has helped launch are: CO+HOOTS Foundation and Fresh Words Market. Her background in design and marketing led her to build a place where she could connect with like-minded folks that believe business growth comes from collaboration between different industries. She has worked more than 14 years in team environments and has used her experience to organize one of the largest communities of entrepreneurs who believe collaboration between industries is where innovation flourishes. Jenny joined the MNA Board in January 2017 and brings the high level of energy and collaboration you see here, as well as quality technical and marketing experience to the Board.
Jennifer Boucek / Board Member
Jennifer lives in the Medlock Place Historic District and is employed as Assistant General Counsel for JP Morgan Chase. Prior to that, she served as Chief Counsel of the Consumer Protection Section Arizona in the Attorney General’s Office. Jennifer joined the MNA Board in May 2017. She has considerable experience serving on other boards and currently is on the Steering Committee of Downtown Voices Coalition. Jennifer was founder and Director of Preserve Phoenix, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving sites that reflect the heritage and character of Phoenix, probably best known for securing a Temporary Restraining Order in 2014 that prevented the demolition of the State Fairgrounds 1930s WPA Administration Building. Jennifer believes she brings value to the MNA Board by applying knowledge and experience from other neighborhood associations and by bringing a legal perspective to issues that come before the Board.