Warren McLean

Warren McLean

President

Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)

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Warren McLean has deep experience working with minority entrepreneurs and economically challenged neighborhoods. He led the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) for nearly 10 years, and before that he worked at the Minneapolis-based Community Reinvestment Fund for 15 years. McLean joined NEON in 2018, drawn by a chance to focus on building businesses in north Minneapolis. “In any prior year, the most we’ve dispersed was about $10,000. At the end of [October] it will be about $2 million that we’ve dispersed in grants and loans [this year],” says McLean. That’s thanks to funders stepping up and tapping public sources. “North Minneapolis needs a sustained commitment,” says McLean. “It’s a marathon. It’s not a sprint.”