The MABC Leadership Council includes directors, practitioners and advocates representing the full cultural and geographical breadth of Minnesota



AARP Minnesota

Erin Parrish, Associate State Director of Advocacy and Outreach

African Immigrant Services

Abdullah Kiatamba, Executive Director

African Women’s Alliance

Eunice Adjei, Member, Board of Directors

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency

Lorrie Janatopoulos, Planning Director

Build Wealth Minnesota

David McGee, Executive Director

Camphor Fiscally Fit Center

Karen Carey-Bonner, Program Director

Linda White, Instructor, Credit Counselor and Program Coordinator

Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota

Elaine Cunningham, Bridge to Benefits Director


Ruby Lee, Executive Director

Alejandro Valenzuela, Financial Empowerment Services Director

Community Action Duluth

Xavier Bell, Director of Community Engagement

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and WashingtonCounties

         Brooke Walker, Director of Community Engagement


        Shawna Thompson, Financial Wellness Manager       

The Family Partnership

Jeff Bauer, Director of Public Policy & Civic Engagement

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota

Deanna Smiley Gulliford, Director of Community Affairs

Heartland Community Action

Jonathan Marchand, Transportation and Health Care Enrollment Coordinator

Hmong American Farmers Association

         Pakou Hang, Founder and Executive Director

Hmong American Partnership

Bao Vang, Executive Director

Immigrant Development Center of Fargo/Moorhead

Fowzia Adde, Executive Director


         Fartun Weli, Executive Director

Jewish Community Action

Vic Rosenthal, Executive Director

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition

Brian Rusche, Executive Director

Land Stewardship Project

Amy Bacigalupo, Farm Beginnings Program Director

Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota

Sunny Chanthanouvong, Executive Director

Latino Economic Development Center

Yolanda Cotterall, Greater Minnesota Rural Program Officer

Legal Services Advocacy Project

Ron Elwood, Supervising Attorney

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Susie Schatz, Director of Advocacy and Volunteer Services

Juliana Keen, Advocacy Manager

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers

Darielle Dannen, Public Policy Director

Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation (White Earth Initiative)

         Rosymar Hjermstad, Housing Advocate

Minnesota Action Valley Council

Ann MacGregor, Underwriter and Coordinator of Family Assets for Independence in        Minnesota Program

Minnesota Budget Project

Nan Madden, Director

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless

Atom Robinson, Director of Outreach and Campaigns

Minnesota Community Action Partnership

Open Position

Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

Jo Erbes, Project Coordinator

Minnesota Head Start Association

Gaylene Spolarich, Board Member and Family/Community Specialist, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

NAACP of St. Cloud and Dakotas

         Denise Fale, President

Nexus Community Partners

Elena Gaarder, Program Officer

Northwest Indian CDC

Tuleah Palmer, Executive Director

Prepare + Prosper

Tracy Fischman, Executive Director

Anne Leland Clark, Financial Capability Director

Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council

         Lori Gunnink, Head Start Director  

Take Action Minnesota

Chris Conry, Economy Program Manager

Three Rivers CAP

Jenny Larson, Community Development Director

Western Community Action

         Angela Larson, Community & Family Support Director