Get to Know Our Team

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D'Angelos Svenkeson
Co-Founder and CEO

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As the CEO of NEOO Partners, D'Angelos provides the executive level guidance of NEOO’s vision through strategic partnership, market expansion, and client services. He is the strategic voice of the enterprise ensuring that the workplace culture creates positive benefits for clients and the team. In his work, D’Angelos is responsible for delivering executive-level commitment across the organization bevy of projects by leveraging over 15 years of industry experience in real estate development, finance, long-range planning, and client advisory services. 

 

He draws on nearly $500M of project leadership experience to shepherd a team of over 20 professionals with deep knowledge on human-centered approaches to resilient community development. D’Angelos relishes complex real estate and economic development opportunities where clients are balancing their “ESG '' values with their core business needs. Affectionately known at NEOO as the Chief Risk Taker, D’Angelos has been able to grow the scrappy two-person operation into a market leader as a value-based alternative to traditional service providers.

 

D’Angelos has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University, and a Planning and Community Development degree from St. Cloud State University.


Email: Dangelos@neoopartners.com
 

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Denetrick Powers
Co-Founder and
Director of Planning and Engagement

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As the Head of Planning and Engagement at NEOO, Denetrick leads complex projects through empathetic and data-informed processes to elevate the human experience. He amplifies rich storytelling and transparency to the public by leveraging over 10 years of industry experience in community organizing, public arts, and cultural placemaking. In 2018, Denetrick co-founded NEOO with an intense focus on ensuring voices of diverse communities are brought to the front of the room and that outcomes were tied to needs of the community.

 

Denetrick has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Fashion Studies from the University of Minnesota.


Email: Powers@neoopartners.com
 

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Menaka Mohan
Director of Operations 

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Christina Berry
Senior Economic Development  Advisor

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As the Director of Operations for NEOO, Menaka is responsible for leading an operations team of 16 intersectional professionals ensuring the company’s delivery of solutions are well-timed, on-budget, and proactively communicated to all clients. In her diverse background, Menaka has had the opportunity to implement $500M+ master planned communities, develop world-class corporate mixed-use projects, and oversee rent stabilization work in multiple municipalities. 

 

Menaka has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a B.A in Environmental Policy and Analysis fro Boston University

Email: Menaka@neoopartners.com

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Cameran Bailey 
Senior Development Advisor 

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As a Senior Development Advisor, Cameran leads clients through our resilient community development  practice with an intense focus on solutions for projects with a need for ecosystem funding, technical assistance, and macro-alignment across non-profit, philanthropic, and community development agencies. He brings over ten years of managing resiliency, community development and climate resource management programs and initiatives to NEOO. Cameran has deep personal  expertise in renewable and restorative practices and brings a diverse climate and natural-resource-informed perspective to the team. 

 

Cameran has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University.

Email: Bailey@neoopartners.com

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Sharice McCain 
Senior Community Engagement Specialist 

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As a Senior Community Engagement Specialist at NEOO, Sharice leverages over 12 years of labor union organizing, data collection, and empathetic facilitation practices. Having excelled in both public and private stakeholder organizing work with her rich experience with people management and forging common solutions across vast divides NEOO’s clients have an opportunity to work with a seasoned large and small group facilitator.

 

Email: Mccain@neoopartners.com

As an Sr. Economic Development Advisor with NEOO, Christina brings over 20-years’ of nuanced experience in leading brownfield redevelopments, master planning, and small town economic development initiatives. She champions NEOO’s expansion efforts in the Deep South (Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee) with a focus on rural county and small town planning needs. Christina’s deep planning experience managing city planning departments and complex planning efforts elevates the support of NEOO’s municipal planning support services. 

 

Christina has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University, a Master’s in Real Estate Development from Auburn University, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Email: Berry@neoopartners.com
 

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Jerome Benner
Senior Planning Advisor
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As a Senior Planning Advisor with NEOO, Jerome is able to draw upon ten years of zoning, land-use, and community development experience across transit, infrastructure, and neighborhood revitalization projects. He has a strong passion for building community consensus and elevating voices that are generally excluded from the public processes. He has worked in public, private and regional planning capacities and serves NEOO's clients across the planning and development spectrum.

 

Jerome has a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies  from the University of Minnesota.


Email: Jerome@neoopartners.com
 

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Jasmine Carey 
Public Engagement Coordinator 
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As a public engagement coordinator for NEOO, Jasmine leads clients through the process of creating a holistic engagement framework to elevate community. She has over seven years of experience working in the public sector, at the intersection of community, advocacy and public policy. Jasmine’s expertise includes leading, advising and collaborating with community leaders and elected officials on policy solutions for issues that disproportionately impact Black communities and communities of color. Jasmine also has experience facilitating and training community stakeholders and leaders on navigating the political process and leveraging their collective power to create change.

Email: Jasmine@neoopartners.com

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Dionne Gharamu
Development Advisor 

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As a Development Advisor, Dionne has notable experience supporting clients through the design, construction and financing process as an owner’s representative and broker. In his over six  years of housing and community development experience, Dionne has created, managed, and funded BIPOC Developer Training, and Technical Assistance programs for municipal government leadership. He is also responsible for managing small business and non-profit clients through the entire development process driving down the cost of capital through innovative and alternative financing vehicles in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Dionne is also a licensed Realtor. He aims to reliably advocate for communities navigating socio-economic inequities and striving for upward economic mobility.

 

Dionne has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Hamline University, and a Housing Studies degree from the University of Minnesota.

 

Email: Dionne@neoopartners.com

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Orrin Riddley
Business Advisor 

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As a Business Advisor at NEOO, Orrin aids our clients in the development of their business plan, financing assumptions, and estimates for a successful acquisition, launch, or second business location. Additionally, utilizing his 10 years of business experience working in the start-up ecosystem, Orrin supports NEOO development of Entrepreneurship Market’s, Small Business Development Center’s, and centralized technical assistance for public and non-profit agencies.

 

Orrin has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Minnesota.

Email: Riddley@neoopartners.com

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Carmen Iman
Communications Advisor 

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As a Communications Advisor with NEOO, Carmen brings a decade of human-centered communications and storytelling to the team. She has worked across multiple digital media and understands how to channel the brilliant ideas of clients and the internal NEOO team into a single, collective voice. 

 

Carmen has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Journalism from Savannah State University.

Email: Carmen@neoopartners.com