Board of Directors

Art Berman

Art Berman

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.

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Jennifer Tacheny

Jennifer Tacheny

Jennifer is Co-Director of Celeste’s Dream a ministry of the Sister’s of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Paul. She has an MA in Pastoral Ministry and over 15 years of experience in social justice, religious studies, and spirituality education. She is also a graduate of the Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings program in sustainable agriculture and runs a small organic vegetable business in Mankato, MN during the summer months. Jennifer brings her knowledge in sustainable agriculture to Celeste’s Dream as coordinator of the community garden and mentor for the Food Justice Coalition at St. Catherine University.

 

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Lauretta Dawolo Towns

Lauretta Dawolo Towns

Lauretta is a Middle School English Language Arts teacher in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Her professional background is in community and ethnic media, specializing in coverage of underrepresented and underserved populations. Lauretta has worked for Insight News, KFAI-Fresh Air Community Radio, and The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. She has also worked as a program manager for Girls in Action, a curriculum-based leadership program for urban high school girls. On a mission to help youth realize their self-worth, Lauretta aspires to not only be a good teacher but an instructional leader in the classroom and the community.

 

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Lester Royal III

Lester Royal III

Lester is the founder and owner of Tri-Construction and possesses over 15 years of expertise in the areas of construction and carpentry. Lester’s leadership and experience with diverse and large construction projects have cultivated his ability to prioritize the support of women and minority groups in workplace and social systems. Lester provides leadership and direction for all aspects of construction throughout the company, including project management, negotiations, and building community partnerships. He teaches at Summit OIC, and has many years experience mentoring young people and working alongside community.

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Harvey Rupert

Harvey Rupert

Secretary

Harvey is a Strategic Sourcing Manager at Wells Fargo. He also has experience in a similar role at United Healthcare with marketing vendors, and as a Supplier Diversity Champion at Target Corporation. Harvey practiced law at Faegre and Benson LLP after graduating from Mitchell Hamline Law School.

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Elizer Darris

Elizer Darris

Elizer is the ACLU Smart Justice Campaign Field Organizer in Minnesota. He is also Chair of a Hennepin County JDAI committee to reduce juvenile incarceration and a member of the JDAI Executive Steering Committee. He has experience as the Field Director with the Nekima Levy-Pounds campaign for mayor of Minneapolis. Elizer is also the founder of the Darris Consulting Group, which focuses on personal and communal empowerment.

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Joselynne Fynboh

Joselynne Fynboh

Joselynne has 15 years of experience building brands across General Mills and ConAgra Foods. With a Master’s degree in Marketing from the Carlson School of Management her vision is to transform the landscape of health through the healing power of food. By day Joselynne regenerates our food system as the Sr. Sustainability Manager at General Mills, by night she enjoys canning, volunteering and spending time with her husband, daughter and their pet dog.

 

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Brent Marmo

Brent Marmo

Brent is the co-founder of a strategic creative communications firm in Minneapolis called Agency Squid – holding a grand scale strategic vision while executing in a day-to-day tactical reality to create opportunities and expand our clients’ businesses. He has the honor of working with some of the world’s top brands including KLM, the French Government Tourist Office, FitVine Wines, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Bank, Piper Jaffray, TCF Bank, Arctic Cat, Relais & Châteaux, Principality of Monaco, Estée Lauder, and Cargill. He has served the Washburn Center for Children both as a trustee and chairman and is currently serving on the Emeritus Board for The Center.

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Lee Friedman

Lee Friedman

Trent Taher

Trent Taher

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