Greater Minnesota 2020 Census: Opportunities for Nonprofit Engagement

Date: Jul 16, 2018
Time: 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM

Hormel Historic Home
208 4th Ave. NW, Austin

Fee: Free

The U.S. Census is an essential step in American democracy. It is key to ensuring fair representation and allocation of resources. Plus, it creates access to complete and reliable data to support community engagement, planning, and economic development. Nonprofits play an essential role both in participation and in honoring the questions and concerns our community members have around participation. Come be part of this conversation where we discuss how nonprofits can encourage active participation and make use of census information.

This forum will be attended by members of the board of directors and leadership staff of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Following the forum, please join us at 5 p.m. for refreshments and an opportunity to mingle with MCN’s statewide leadership.

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About the Presenters

Diane Baker currently serves as the executive director at the United Way of Mower County. In her current role, she works in partnership with the volunteer board of directors to carry out the organization's mission of mobilizing the caring power of the community to create lasting changes in the lives of people in Mower County; and to direct the day to day operations of the United Way as a community change agent. Diane received her bachelors degree is transportation logistics from Iowa State University.


Jenny Larson began as executive director of Three Rivers in 2017. For the past 15 years, Jenny has been the community development director at Three Rivers, working with communities throughout southern Minnesota to provide community development, rental housing, homeownership and energy opportunities for individuals and families. During that time, she has overseen the planning, funding and development of over 650 units of affordable housing, generating over $77 million in private and public investment in the region. Prior to joining Three Rivers, Jenny was the chief operating officer at the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, a statewide nonprofit intermediary committed to supporting the creation of affordable housing for working families throughout greater Minnesota. She has a B.A. from Drake University and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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.

Susan Schmidt is the Minnesota state office director for the Trust for Public Land. In her current role, she is responsible for management and strategic planning with a special focus on government and community relations. She has 25 years of experience working with local, state and federal agencies and community groups on community development and environmental issues in Minnesota. Susan’s previous positions include executive director of the Legislative Water Commission, Minnesota Legislature. She worked as Water Policy liaison with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and project manager for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. She currently serves on the MCN board of directors.

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