Chair & Treasurer
Art’s executive leadership experience includes Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Twin Cities RISE!, and Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Ameriprise Financial. Art also serves on the boards of Graywolf Press and Stratis Health (Board Treasurer). He also served on the Board of Directors as Board Treasurer for the Public Health Law Center, Better Futures Minnesota, and Marnita’s Table. He received an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College.
Lauretta Dawolo Towns
Lester Royal III
Darlynn is the is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Impact Officer and SVP at the Minneapolis Foundation. She has over 30 years of proven leadership within public and private sectors. A strong focus on building solid internal and external relationships, cultivating trust, creating a culture where teams can be effective and work to advance the organization’s mission. She holds a MS in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University and a BS in Business Administration from Duquesne University. Darlynn brings her nonprofit experience, entrepreneurial spirit and love of cooking and baking to Appetite For Change.
Lee is Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis. He has overall strategic and operational responsibility for JFCS’s 30 programs that serve people of all backgrounds, and he leads wonderful colleagues in human resources, facilities, data and outcomes, diversity/equity/inclusion, and foundation and government grants. Lee was previously Associate Director for Wilderness Inquiry. Before starting his nonprofit leadership career, he was an attorney and partner with Briggs and Morgan, where he specialized in employment law. Lee’s volunteering has included Jewish Community Action, Hopkins Ultimate Frisbee, Nechama, and Golden Valley Little League. He enjoys biking, concerts, and ice cream with family and friends.
Trent is the Vice President Purchasing & Director of Culinary Nutrition and Development at Taher and co-founder and co-owner of Craftmade Aprons. He holds a BA in economics and more than 13 years of experience in the restaurant and nonprofit industries. Trent has served on the Boards of Share Our Strength MN, the Minnesota Restaurant Association, the American Heart Association, and is the co-founder of Project Black & Blue. Trent believes everything centers around the dining table, a space of diverse and infinite possibilities. He brings passion for social justice through education, equity, and urban ag into his work with food and Appetite For Change.