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
Edward Jensen / Board 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 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.
Jennifer Boucek / Vice President
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.
Elizabeth Ortiz / Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Arts in Political Science, and a Juris Doctor. She served as a deputy Maricopa County Attorney before being named Executive Director of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council. Elizabeth serves on the board for numerous criminal justice organizations in addition to the State Bar of Arizona committees. She teaches on a wide variety of legal topics, including the Lessons From the Holocaust: What You Do Matters course. Elizabeth joined the Midtown Neighborhood Association Board in 2018.
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.
Holly Aguilar / Communications Committee Chair
Holly has been a dedicated volunteer for the Midtown Neighborhood Association since 2013. Since her election to the MNA Board in 2018, she has served as Committee Chair for Communications. Holly has made community building her profession as a CAAM Certified Community Manager for AAM, LLC. She specializes in urban high-rise communities and serves on the Education Committee for the Arizona Association of Community Managers. She has been known in the neighborhood for the past five years as the General Manager of Regency on Central.
Heather is the 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 Tour at Chateau de Ville where she served on the HOA board. She is currently a member of the American Society of Clerks & Secretaries and is our representative to the Phoenix Community Alliance. Heather is committed to preserving the character and history of Midtown while promoting development of the neighborhood for all residents and businesses.
Jenny Poon / Marketing Committee Chair
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 also founded eeko studio, a boutique design and advertising agency focused on fresh designs for impactful companies large and small. Jenny brings to the Midtown Neighborhood Association Board a background in design and marketing. She has worked more than 14 years in team environments and affords MNA a high level of energy as well as technical and marketing skills.
Lizet Trevizo / Community Involvement Committee Chair
Lizet has lived in Midtown since August of 2014. Upon joining the Midtown Neighborhood Association board, Lizet serves as Committee
Chair for Community Involvement. Lizet is very passionate in the youth and various cultures of Midtown Phoenix. As a Correctional Officer
and having grown up in South Phoenix, Lizet is focused on the safety of residents as well as creating programs for residential youth to educate more in career growth and everyday life situations. An avid lover of arts, Lizet believes in the best in the neighborhood and letting it shine.
Margaret has lived Midtown since 2004, initially at Artisan Lofts on Central with her late husband before moving to Phoenix Towers in 2016. She applied her Public Administration and Law education as a government bureaucrat, lawyer and investment banker before retiring. Now she spends time with her photography and other art projects, serving on several non-profit boards of directors and advisory boards, and traveling. Margaret served on the Midtown Neighborhood Association Board 2013-2016 and rejoined in 2018 as Committee chair for the annual Urban Living Tour. She will be on the Phoenix Towers Board of Directors for the upcoming term. Margaret loves living in Midtown and is excited about huge changes occurring over her 14 years here.