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Lorie Alveshere SommerLorie Alveshere Sommer is a certified professional co-active coach, having completed training and certification with the Coaches Training Institute of San Rafael, California. In addition, she earned an associate’s degree in nursing from North Hennepin Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas. She has spent her professional life as a coach, nurse, public health advocate and challenger of the status quo. Lorie is passionate about leveraging neuroscience to support achieving the change her individual and organizational clients are seeking.

Scott ArtleyScott Artley is the executive artistic director of Patrick’s Cabaret, a long-standing Minneapolis grassroots queer arts organization with a history of provocative and inclusive work. Since joining the organization in 2014 as performing arts curator, he has developed new curatorial platforms, developed new programs, and stewarded a broad portfolio of community partnerships. Beginning his career as an arts administrator, he worked with the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Southern Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, and the Walker Art Center, among others, before establishing his own independent consulting practice Collective Creation in 2012. Maintaining an active parallel career as a performance and visual artist, he’s shown visual and theatrical work with organizations/projects like Artists in Storefronts, 20% Theatre, the Soo Visual Arts Center, Bedlam Theatre, Raw Sugar, OUTspoken Queer Open Mic, and StorySlam! MN.

Carl Atiya SwansonCarl Atiya Swanson is the associate director of Springboard for the Arts. Carl manages Creative Exchange, a national platform sharing stories of artists with impact and toolkits for change. He is a theatermaker with Savage Umbrella, has worked as a freelance writer, and serves on the board of Dissonance, which advocates for health and wellness in creativity. He holds a B.A. in studio art from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.

Lindsay BacherLindsay Bacher has worked in nonprofits for nearly 10 years and currently is a program developer at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, raising over $4 million this year to fund supportive housing, wealth creation and healthy food access work. Lindsay also contributes to the research and development and design of new programming at Wilder. She has degrees from Hamline University and Yale Divinity School and previously contributed her talents to NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Lindsay has served on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities for four years, including as chair of the board, and on the inaugural board of MPR GenListen.

Jake BlumbergJake Blumberg is the executive director of GiveMN. Jake believes that a successful strategy, campaign, and message can expand the impact of the nonprofits doing incredible work in our communities. Jake has a background that spans leadership roles in nonprofits, politics and higher education. As the senior director of development and community engagement at Open Arms of Minnesota, Jake launched giving campaigns that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. As co-finance director of Minnesotans United, he helped lead a multimillion dollar campaign to win the freedom to marry for same sex couples in Minnesota. And in Washington D.C., Jake concurrently attained a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University while working as a speech writer and associate director of development for The George Washington University Law School.

Kit BriemAs vice president of advancement at The Family Partnership, Kit Briem is responsible for cultivating resources to deepen the organization’s impact and position. She has raised funds for the Twin Cities’ social service, art and philanthropic communities for more than 25 years. Her resume includes serving as the business director of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, development director at Tubman and Cornerstone, and executive director of PFund. Kit most recently served 180 Degrees as vice president of advancement. Kit holds a master of arts in arts administration and a master of business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She currently serves on the board of the Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice & Social Transformation.

Tyrai Bronson-PruittTyrai Bronson-Pruitt is a passionate, energetic leader and trainer who strives to empower others to recognize and celebrate differences in order to create change in the individual and their communities. As a certified racial justice facilitator and qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and Intercultural Conflict Styles Inventory, Tyrai has developed and led a variety of diversity and inclusion trainings and activities. Tyrai is the recipient of the 2016 Catalytic Leader Award given by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for her work in creating diverse and inclusive workspaces and communities. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Creighton University and later a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Judson University. She recently completed the Diversity and Equity Certificate program at the University of Minnesota.

Amy BrughAmy Brugh is a nonprofit consultant specializing in planning, facilitation and project management. Previously, she was the director of external relations at the Minnesota AIDS Project, where she was charged with advancing the fundraising, communications, public policy and volunteer programs; and the public affairs director for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. Amy currently serves on the board of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. She recently completed her board service with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Nonprofit Insurance Advisors. She holds a master’s degree in community health education from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Elise ChambersElise Chambers is the program director of the Conflict Resolution Center, an attorney and a qualified neutral under Rule 114. Beginning with her experiences as a youth volunteer trainer, Elise has developed, presented and evaluated training curriculum for a variety of audiences and topics. Through her work as a criminal defense lawyer representing adults and juveniles at the Minnesota Law Collective, a nonprofit she founded, Elise trained and mentored certified student attorneys to represent low-income criminal defense clients in court. Elise also ran the nonpartisan national Election Protection voters' rights coalition in Minnesota in collaboration with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Elise has also co-authored and presented published research regarding youth brain development and the mutual impacts of the juvenile justice system and adolescent mental illness on each other.

Jazmin DanielsonJazmin Danielson is executive director of Beyond Walls Urban Squash. She holds a bachelors of psychology from the University of Minnesota and has recently completed her masters of organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. Jazmin has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years, including her most recent position, as the director of youth programs for East Side Neighborhood Services and The Bridge for Youth. Her leadership roles include creating and leading the Northeast Youth Providers group, acting as a member of the MACC Youth Evaluation Team, being a Minneapolis school board member, participating as a part of the training cohort for the Youth Coordinating Board, and a 2012 National Institute of Out-of-School Time fellow. Jazmin‘s passions are grounded in equity and justice, education, empowerment and transformational leadership.

Jack DuffyAs a consultant with Gallagher, Jack Duffy focuses primarily on partnering with nonprofits. He utilizes employee benefits when partnering with nonprofits to attract, retain and engage their employees. He believes that benchmarking, communication and education are essential to improving healthcare. Jack has been with Gallagher since 2012. He began in Gallagher’s summer sales internship program and has since been an associate consultant, (small group) team leader, (large group) team leader and now consultant.

Christine DurandA lifelong art lover, collector and patron, Christine Durand has found the arts to be an essential part of what makes a vibrant community. She comes to the Minnesota Museum of American Art from a variety of posts in nonprofits around the Twin Cities, working to create a healthy, more engaged community for us all to live, work and play. She was most recently director of advancement for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, and held previous leadership positions within Planned Parenthood of MN, SD, ND, and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She has a B.A. in journalism from Drake University and an M.P.A. in public and nonprofit leadership from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Ryan EvansRyan Evans is a research associate at Wilder Research where he does evaluation and research about the arts, community development, education and youth development. He has led the Bush Prize study since its beginning, about four years ago. He is currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s Certificate of Nonprofit Management program and has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and theater from St. Olaf College.


Keith FriedeKeith Friede is area vice president and director of Gallagher’s training & organization development practice. Keith brings over 20 years of organizational leadership and human resource development experience to his role as an educator, coach and compliance consultant. Prior to joining Gallagher, Keith was president of A.E. Roberts Company. Earlier, he was an independent HRD consultant, and an internal training and organization development consultant with ITT. Keith holds an M.A. in human resource development from the University of St. Thomas, where he completed ground-breaking research in the area of leadership in virtual organizations. Keith is an advisor and contributor to the Centre for Applied Leadership, and has presented at colleges and universities to graduate students on topics of leadership, organizational dynamics and human resource management.

Jessica GalloJessica Gallo, coach and creative consultant at Jessica Gallo Studio, coaches people who are inspired to give and create in big ways — without losing themselves in the process. A 20-year creative director of editorial magazines and nonprofit marketing campaigns, she guides clients to communicate better towards readers, donors, customers — but first to communicate better with themselves. As a coach she partners with individuals and professional teams, igniting people to be focused, innovative, efficient and compassionate. Towards work, life, relationships and the world. She holds a B.F.A. in design; a professional coaching certificate; is a lifelong learner, teacher and library volunteer. A bit of a dud on social media, she prefers a good handshake and a chat over coffee.

Donald GaultDonald Gault is the founder of Building Peaceful Community, a consulting practice dedicated to reconnecting humanity with humane which provides training, consultation and planning facilitation in the Twin Cities and nationwide. He worked at Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health from 1987-2016, managing the department's Healthy Communities Section and co-founding The Initiative for Peaceful Families and Communities in Ramsey County. Primary areas of focus with Building Peaceful Community include promoting healthy, productive workplaces, peaceful and healthy lives for men and boys, and building respectful, nurturing communities for children and youth to grow and thrive. Donald has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois University and a master of arts degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

John GebretatoseJohn Gebretatose rose from the ranks of a HUGE Improv Theater student to a HUGE Improv instructor. He trained and worked at Brave New Workshop. John has performed stand-up comedy in the Twin Cities for over nine years. He is currently part of one of the hottest new improv groups, Blackout, and also a founding member of Late Nights Minneapolis with Joe Rapp. John has taught improv workshops internationally, coached improv groups and currently teaches at HUGE in addition to heading up diversity and inclusion programs. He is the founder and creator of the Black and Funny Improv Festival as well as the Twin Cities chapter of Our Cities on Our Stages.

Pakou HangPakou Hang is the executive director and co-founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association, a social justice organization that was created to build community wealth among Hmong American farmers and their families. In 2014, she was appointed by the Mayor to the Minneapolis Food Council and is a former member of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizens Board. Pakou completed her master’s in political science from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor of arts from Yale University. She is a recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and the Bush Fellowship from the Bush Foundation.

Ed HeislerEd Heisler is co-executive director (with Sarah Curtiss) of Men As Peacemakers, an organization dedicated to the primary prevention of sexual violence, domestic violence and commercial sexual exploitation. Ed specializes in developing and implementing innovative community-driven strategies to promote equality and prevent gender based violence. Additionally, he has seven years of experience as a core rrainer for A CALL TO MEN, co-facilitated batterer’s intervention classes for 10 years, published research on men’s involvement in ending violence against women, and is a member of the third cohort of Move to End Violence. Ed is grateful to work with a community of people committed to radical hope for a new normal that protects everyone’s interconnected wellbeing and ability thrive. 

Lisa JoyslinLisa Joyslin is the inclusive volunteerism program manager at the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration. Her work is focused on learning how to better engage racially and ethnically diverse communities as volunteers with both nonprofit and government organizations. Lisa has worked in the field of volunteer engagement for nearly 15 years, including four years as the volunteer services officer for the Red Cross Minnesota Region. She has also held positions with multiple volunteer centers, including Community Thread, HandsOn Twin Cities, and Chicago Cares. Lisa holds a master of public [olicy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Naaima KhanNaaima Khan is a Community Innovation program manager at the Bush Foundation. As a grant manager with the Community Innovation team, she supports grantees that work on problem solving efforts across the Foundation’s funding region. Naaima has a master’s in public policy with a concentration in nonprofit studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to starting at the Foundation, she was a program officer with Greater Twin Cities United Way, working with organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Before entering grantmaking, Naaima was a grant writer for a domestic violence shelter in Texas.

Rachel KraemerRachel Kraemer is the owner of Change Group International, focusing on organizational change, development and process improvement. Rachel’s doctorate is in organization development from the University of St. Thomas. Rachel is certified in PMI Agile project management and Prosci Change Management. She is involved in Toastmasters and is most passionate about working with organizations in change, while enhancing performance and increasing the effectiveness of leadership in the workplace. Rachel is a published author on topics such as stress management, workforce planning, leadership and leading change. She has participated in many projects that have helped teams reach their goals successfully.

Rebecca LuceroRebecca Lucero, public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s advocacy agenda locally and nationally, and lobbying on behalf of Minnesota’s nonprofit sector. Prior to joining MCN, Rebecca served as policy and advocacy manager for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, where she helped pass $100 million bonding in the Homes for All campaign. Rebecca has also worked as senior community representative in the Minnesota office of Representative Keith Ellison, an unemployment law judge with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and an attorney in private practice with a small firm and with Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis. She has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in political science from Grinnell College.

Amee McDonaldAmee McDonald never quite fit into corporate America. She honed her natural analytical skills with positions at Northwest Airlines, Marketing Architects and Mediaspace Solutions. In 2011, Amee and her husband Clint founded jabber logic: an ad agency alternative for small businesses and nonprofits. Since then, Amee has been honored as one of AdFed’s 32 Under 32 young professionals in marketing and as one of Minnesota Business Magazine’s “The (Real) Power 50.” She has served on the board of FamilyWise since 2012 and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Angie MillerSince 2008, Angie Miller has served as executive director of Community Action Duluth, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower and engage the entire community to eliminate poverty and to create prosperity and equity in the lives of the people served. Prior to her role as executive director, Angie was the manager of asset building programs. Before working at Community Action Duluth, Angie worked at North Star Community Development Corporation to provide business training, technical assistance and business loans to child care providers. Prior to that, Angie was a foster parent, a tenant rights advocate, a community organizer and founder of Loaves and Fishes - a community that provides hospitality to homeless men, women and children. Angie holds an M.S.W. in social development from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

Asma Mohammed NizamiAsma Mohammed Nizami serves as the program manager for Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, where she focuses on getting Muslim women involved in political life and amplifying their voices through leadership development and storytelling. She graduated from Macalester College, where she studied political science and legal studies. During her time there, she was the president of the Muslim Student Association for all four years of her undergraduate study, and was a LearningWorks teacher for three years. After graduating, Asma worked on Senator Al Franken’s successful reelection campaign in Minneapolis. Asma has worked as a student services director at LearningWorks, supporting hundreds of Minneapolis students and families. She has been deeply involved in Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, and serves on the board for Break the Silence MN.

Larry MohrLarry Mohr is a tax partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and leads the firm’s Midwest tax-exempt organizations tax practice. He has more than 30 years of experience providing tax services to nonprofits. He consults with tax-exempt organizations on a variety of issues, including unrelated business income, deferred compensation, alternative investments, foreign activity reporting, IRS exams and charitable contribution substantiation. Larry is an instructor in the University of Minnesota’s Master of Business Taxation program. In addition to his professional work, he is a board member for the Friends of the St. Paul College Foundation and the current president of the Minnesota chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce. Larry graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science in accounting and a masters of business taxation.

Pamela MoorePamela Moore, principal, The Collaborative Consultant, is a trained facilitator using her skills to lead focus groups, conduct stakeholder interviews and deliver dynamic trainings. Pamela’s expertise includes program conceptualization, development, implementation, coordination and management. In her work, she intentionally holds space in a meaningful and impactful way. Pamela has a professional and volunteer background in community-based agencies, philanthropic organizations, and educational institutions. She earned a M.A. in human development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and her B.A. in speech communications with an emphasis in cultural studies from Drake University. She enjoys working on projects that directly impact the lives of individuals and improves systems.

Adair MosleyIn 2017 Adair Mosley was named the president and C.E.O. of Pillsbury United Communities Adair previously served as the chief innovation officer. His most recent work is leading a $6.3 million dollar capital campaign for the development of a grocery store and wellness center, North Market, in North Minneapolis. Prior to this, Adair served as Pillsbury United Communities’ chief of staff. He has been a fervent advocate for children and families as a guardian ad litem for Hennepin County, and advancing equity as a commissioner for civil rights with the City of Minneapolis. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan's Executive Leadership Institute, and recently completed a certificate in human centered design at Stanford’s prestigious Institute of Design aka d.school.

Jeff NarabrookJeff Narabrook is an elections administrator with the City of Minneapolis, where he is in charge of training the city’s 1,800 poll workers. Jeff previously served as voter outreach director for the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. He serves on the board of Nonprofit Vote, the managing organization of National Voter Registration Day. Jeff is proud of the state’s record of civic participation — Minnesota consistently leads the nation in voter turnout!


Gayle OberGayle Ober is the president of the George Family Foundation where she is responsible for managing all aspects of the grantmaking process, advising and assisting trustees in meeting their grantmaking goals and serving as the Foundation’s first point of contact to the community. She is also an instructor in the University of Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Leadership program within its College of Continuing Education. Most recently, Gayle was the managing director of Classical Music Programming for American Public Media|Minnesota Public Radio. Before that she served as the director of Arts, Culture and Entertainment for the City of Saint Paul in Mayor Randy Kelly’s administration. Gayle holds a master of arts degree in nonprofit management from Hamline University and a bachelor of arts degree in music from the University of Minnesota.

Liwanag Q. OjalaAs the C.E.O. of CaringBridge, Liwanag Q. Ojala leads management and ensures all CaringBridge operations contribute toward its mission to make each health journey easier by amplifying the love, hope and compassion in the world. Before joining CaringBridge as chief operating officer, she was vice president of ecommerce at Meijer. In 2017 Liwanag was recognized with a "Women in Business Award" by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Minnesota Business Magazine “(Real) Power 50 Award.” In 2015 the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST recognized Liwanag as a “Top Emerging Women Leader” in health care. Liwanag studied at Northwestern University before receiving her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Sook Jin OngSook Jin Ong, director, leads the Future Services Institute, a new initiative of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center. In this role, she brings her interest and practice in blending human-centered design and participatory leadership principles to be of service to those in human services. Prior to this, she managed the partnership between the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Minnesota Department of Human Services on improving service delivery in the Minnesota Family Investment Program. Previously, she spent several years in the corporate sector as a consultant. Sook Jin earned her bachelor’s degree in management and economics from the University of Sydney, and graduated with a master's degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Courtney PojaCourtney Poja is the director of advancement at Cornerstone. Previously she served as Cornerstone’s development coordinator from 2006-2013. Prior to rejoining Cornerstone, Courtney served as an associate development officer at the University of Minnesota Law School. She received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Courtney is a member of the Charities Review Council’s board of directors and is chair of their governance committee.

Taylor PutzTaylor Putz is the public policy advocate at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). Taylor works with MCN’s public policy director to influence policy decisions that impact the nonprofit sector and community partners at local, state and federal levels with a focus at the Minnesota State Capitol. Taylor also engages MCN members in public policy action opportunities and civic engagement. Prior to joining MCN, Taylor served as the community relations and outreach manager at Prepare + Prosper, training associate at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and community organizer at Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County. Taylor has a B.A. in international studies from Marian University and is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management from Hamline University.

Ethan RobertsEthan Roberts is the director for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC). Since 1939, the JCRC has been the public affairs voice for Minnesota’s Jewish community. The JCRC advocates on behalf of victims of religious discrimination, educating teachers, school administrators, and public employers about the proper role of religion in public schools and the public square. Prior to his work at the JCRC, Ethan practiced civil litigation, including employment law, in California’s Silicon Valley. Ethan is a graduate of Stanford Law School and received his B.A. in history and religious studies from Macalester College. From 2009 to 2014 Ethan was a member of the board of directors for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Nora RobinsonNora Robinson is co-owner and strategy director at WithInsight, bringing expertise in organizational development, mission effectiveness, and management. She has a passion for good process, believing that in order for organizations to be impactful externally, they must be healthy and strategic internally. Nora has built the capacity of hundreds of nonprofit organizations through training people to use best practices, actionable data and appropriate quality improvement techniques. Her unique approach to continuous improvement emphasizes the importance of change management and culture creation. Nora has a master’s in social work from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and has been training, facilitating and coaching nonprofits for nine years.

Christina SaundersChristina Saunders is the Executive Director of ACES, an innovative Minneapolis-based nonprofit that serves youth from low income communities through after school programs. In this capacity, Christina sets ACES’ strategic direction and leads all functions of the organization. A leader in the field of education, Christina has previously held a number of roles leading change in schools and within education policy. She most recently directed the special education program at KIPP North Star Academy, which served over 30% of the school’s student body. Prior to her time at KIPP, Christina was an elementary school teacher in the Bronx. Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and law from Trinity College, and two master’s degrees from Mercy College, one in special education and another in urban education.

Aileen SeoaneAileen Seoane is a passionate, entrepreneurial donor-centric strategist with a successful career increasing revenue and furthering organizational missions. Currently serving as the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s senior development officer, Aileen’s previous philanthropic portfolio includes Mayo Clinic and various Twin Cities nonprofits, as well as political and foundation engagement. Aileen helped co-found the Latino Economic Development Center and the New World School of the Arts Alumni Foundation. She has also helped build diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at various institutions. Aileen received her B.A. from Oberlin College; M.B.A. from Augsburg University; Oberlin College Community Action Fellowship; Mayo Clinic Bronze Quality Fellowship; Metro State University Community Development Careership; and Hispanics in Philanthropy Next Generation Philanthropy Fellowship. Aileen currently serves as a board member of the Women’s Environmental Institute.

Mollee SheehanMollee Sheehan is the co-founder of Engage Winona, a nonprofit in southeast Minnesota dedicated to moving the Winona community forward, together. Mollee’s wide-ranging background, which includes journalism, higher education, marketing and communications and therapeutic trauma-informed yoga, has shaped her holistic view of and approach to community engagement, as well as personal and community transformation. Mollee is passionate about sharing movement, mindfulness and breathing tools to develop skills and capacity for successful community dialogue and change work, and facilitating new ways of thinking, knowing and being. She’s committed to helping empower, engage and build resilience in all voices across communities.

Jarell Skinner-RoyJarell Skinner-Roy is a high school program manager at College Possible, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making college admission and success possible for low-income students. At College Possible, Jarell oversees programming and curriculum implementation at 26 partner high schools for over 2000 students across the Twin Cities. Prior to joining College Possible, Jarell worked as a counselor and case manager for the Dane County District Attorney’s Office in Madison, Wisconsin, and then later served as an English teacher in Benin through AIESEC, a global nonprofit impacting the world through leadership development experiences. Jarell has a B.A. in legal studies and French from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and was also on the board of directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities.

Princess TitusA teacher, lyricist and a possibility thinker, Princess Titus has lived in North Minneapolis for 22 years where she has worked in the fields of education, employment and violence prevention. She is a co-founder of Appetite for Change and Standard Edition Women, director of education and training. In this position her key role is to create curriculum, build community connections and manage the organization’s culture of growth through education and training programs. Princess believes that change happens on a personal, social and systems level simultaneously. She is an active member with the Environmental Justice Community Collation and Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health, which contributes to the growing landscape of health, wealth and social change. Princess is passionate about working with families to build healthy foundations for lifelong learning.

Bob TracyAs director of public policy and communications, Bob Tracy coordinates public policy engagement and leads its government relations activities in St. Paul and Washington, D.C. for the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF). Bob has experience as a grantmaker, nonprofit manager and public program administrator. Since 1994, he has lobbied at the Minnesota State Capitol for groups including the Minnesota AIDS Project, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Minnesota Legal Services Coalition. He also has experience producing public affairs programming for tpt's Minnesota Channel. Bob graduated from St. Paul's Macalester College with a bachelor's in political science. As part of his work at MCF, Bob is leading an effort to promote inclusion and equity by strengthening democratic systems and civic engagement, specifically to get Minnesota ready for the 2020 Census.

July VangJuly Vang currently provides administrative leadership to the Wilder Program at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. July’s community engagement includes serving as board vice chair to Hmong Museum, executive co-chair to Minnesota Public Radio’s Generation Listen, and program advisory council to Planned Parenthood. She brings a decade of comprehensive marketing and strategic planning, research and development, and core facilitation on diversity, equity and inclusion workshops and public speaking on domestic violence. July leverages her cross-functional leadership as an intersectional social changemaker who brings activating dialogue to advance racial equity and inter/intracultural consciousness; promote awareness and education, and drive evaluative, strategic, and policy changes; and proactively implement efforts to maximize community building and sustainability. She attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for her B.A., and Cardinal Stritch University for her M.B.A.

Arlene Vernon Arlene Vernon is a human resource strategist with over 25 years of experience as a trusted resource for a diverse group of small and medium-sized organizations. She’s seen first-hand what nonprofit leaders face every day, and her results-oriented consulting and training successfully addresses those realities. In her work with 500+ organizations since starting her consulting firm HRx in 1992, she develops and implements do-able strategies to address the short-term challenges and long-term success of each organization. With an M.B.A. and a master of education in counseling, as well as a professional of human resources certification, Arlene is both a studied and practiced authority in human resources and human relations.

Brian VoerdingBrian Voerding is the executive director of Engage Winona, a nonprofit dedicated to civic engagement and community problem-solving in the Winona area. Engage Winona pursues transformative change through rural community-building by hosting conversations, convening and facilitating groups, managing projects, building capacity through workshops and experiential learning, and more. Brian has worked in many capacities in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota in community and organizational development, journalism and storytelling, and nonprofit management. Brian has a master’s in organizational and civic leadership and a degree in behavioral psychology, and is a former newspaper editor and traveling musician (stories for another day). Brian’s dedicated to understanding and teaching processes of successful changemaking, from inner work to collective leadership, and building ways of bringing and keeping people together to do good work.

Jules WilkinsJules Wilkins works with organizations large and small to help create integrated and highly effective communications and development strategies (in other words, help people like you create fundraising communications that raise more money while wowing your donors -- and your boss!). She writes and consults at JulesWrites.com, and she is the director of external Relations for COMPAS. Jules is a certified fund raising executive, and serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Minnesota Chapter.

Kabo Yang Kabo Yang is executive director of the Minnesota Women's Consortium, a statewide nonprofit organization made up of 100 member organizations working to close gender-based disparities. She is also founder and principal consultant of Legend Consulting Services, a practice focused on leadership development and nonprofit management, and an adjunct faculty at St. Catherine University. She has spent much of the last 20 years working with nonprofit organizations including Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and Greater Twin Cities United Way. Kabo has also served on nonprofit boards including CAPI, Galore: Professional Hmong Women's Network, and Headwaters Foundation for Justice.  Her career and volunteer work has followed her passions of women, refugees and immigrants, and leadership.

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Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St., Minneapolis



Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

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