ABOUT

Executive Leadership: 

  • Assumed office as Mayor of New Brighton on January 1, 2021

  • Lead corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy and innovation with world's largest companies

  • Foster inclusion and equity in companies and communities

  • The Mosaic Company & The Mosaic Company Foundation: Cross-sector partnerships, led $28M budget

  • Thrivent: New business development in financial services

  • University of Minnesota: Teaching and training for business and entrepreneurs

  • Neighborhood House: Vibrant programs for diverse, cross-cultural communities, led more than $30M in operating & capital budgets

  • Mental Health Association of MN: Advocacy for people with mental illness

  • Clean Water Action: Community organizing door-to-door on environmental campaigns, hearing people’s struggles and dreams

30 years in private, civic, and nonprofit sectors

 

Lead with my values in career and community service

Community Volunteer:

  • Mounds View Schools: 11 years in elementary & 6 years in middle school, including PTA and school-wide carnival fundraiser chair 

  • Irondale Marching Knights: 8 years in fall marching band and winter drumline (Music of the Knight Festival Co-Chair—largest youth performing arts exhibition in northern Twin Cities, Winter Music of the Knight Festival Co-Chair, and Recruitment Co-Chair)

  • MN Cup judge for business plan competition, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

  • FINNEGANS Community Fund board of directors, focused on hunger relief and social entrepreneurship

  • Start-up/entrepreneur board of advisors for FINNOVATION Lab, Social Enterprise Alliance-Twin Cities, Carlson Ventures Enterprise, Ventures Center, Office for Technology Commercialization at University of Minnesota

  • Degree of Honor Protective Association fraternal insurance company board of directors and audit chair

  • Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Saint Paul Program graduate and volunteer

  • MACC board of directors (Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities, formerly Metropolitan Alliance of Community Centers)

  • West Side Citizens Organization board member and treasurer

  • Plus, Como Community Child Care board, preschool teacher, and faith community volunteer, and much more to support my kids!

Education:

  • Master of Business Administration, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

  • Bush Leadership Fellowship, Bush Foundation

  • Bachelor of Arts, Double Major: International Studies and Statistics, School of International Service, The American University, Washington, DC 

Professional and Community Recognition:

  • Corporate Responsibility Superstar and Corporate Responsibility Thought Leader, Corporate Responsibility Magazine

  • The (Real) Power 50, Minnesota Business Magazine

  • Women of Distinction, Girl Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys

  • Finalist, Chief Financial Officer of Year Award—Nonprofit, Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal

Experienced Leader

Community Volunteer

Gets Things Done