Founder & CEO
Started at Nexus: 2007
Repa serves as Founder and CEO of Nexus Community Partners, a Community Building Intermediary that works at the intersection of community building and community development, engaging communities of color to achieve equitable, sustainable neighborhood revitalization in the Twin Cities region.
Repa has 35+ years of experience in community-based leadership, community capacity building, asset and wealth building strategies, organizational leadership and development, and systems change work. He is recognized locally and nationally as an innovative and visionary leader and heads up Nexus’ work with regional and national partners.
Repa sits on a number of boards including the Build from Within Alliance, a national network of community development organizations supporting local entrepreneurship in neighborhoods across the country; Shared Capital Cooperatives, a member owned CDFI doing lending to cooperatives across the country; and co-founder and Board Chair for the Black Collective Foundation-MN, one of three Black established and Black-led community foundations in the nation. Repa is also co-founder of the Twin Cities African American Leadership Forum, a community innovation accelerator helping to create equitable futures for Black communities; and serves as a member of the Nonprofit Quarterly’s Economic Justice Initiative Advisory Committee, a national center-point for innovative racial justice resources and tools.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government with a focus on community development; a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is a 2022 NFG Philanthropy Forward Alumni; a 2005 Bush Leadership Fellow, and a 2004 James P. Shannon Leadership Institute Alumni.