Asher Mayerson leads BPN’s Block Captain Program, which brings together a diverse group of community leaders to advance the mission of Buena Park Neighbors. Block Captains raise awareness about the neighborhood, the community and Buena Park Neighbors Association; support community projects; and provide pathways to leadership within Buena Park Neighbors. In addition, Asher leads BPN’s young professionals programming, which has included community service events, happy hours, and more.
Asher moved to Chicago from Washington, DC in March 2017, but his roots in the Windy City are deep. His mother was born in Uptown and spent her early years in Rogers Park; his grandfather grew up in Hyde Park and attended the University of Chicago; and his grandmother and uncle still live in the Chicagoland area today.
Before moving to Chicago, Asher served as an aide in the Obama White House, serving as President Obama’s chief liaison to ethnic communities and supporting the White House’s public engagement efforts.
Asher graduated with degrees in mathematics and economics from Dartmouth College, where he served as President of Dartmouth Hillel and as Northeast Representative to the J Street U National Student Board. As a college student, Asher also spent a summer in Rwanda, where he worked on a project to electrify a rural village.
In addition to his work with Buena Park Neighbors, Asher serves as a mentor with the Mikva Challenge, an organization that empowers youth to be active in the political process. Asher is excited to continue deepening his ties to Buena Park and to the entire City, as well as meeting more and more of his neighbors in Buena Park.