Meet Buena Park Neighbors’ Asher Mayerson

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.
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Author: bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is http://genetenner.com/ I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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