Board of Directors

Art Berman

Art Berman

Chair & Treasurer

Art is the Vice President of Finance & Administration at Mitchell Hamline Law School. He also has executive leadership experience as CEO of the nonprofit Twin Cities RISE!, as a senior financial and organizational strategy leader at American Express and Ameriprise Financial, and as Interim Executive Director at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. Art also serves on the boards of 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 Fynboh

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Brent Marmo

Brent Marmo

Lee Friedman

Lee Friedman

Trent Taher

Trent Taher

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