Summary of Qualifications

  • Over 20 years program development and project management and capacity building experience with nonprofit organizations, schools and community groups
  • Ten years in community based training including curriculum development, workshop facilitation and one-one coaching with a focus on leadership development and diversity
  • Current work focused on community building, equity, and civic/community engagement

Relevant Skills

  • Program Development and Coordination
  • Coaching and Consultation
  • Project Management and Documentation
  • Facilitation and Training
  • Curriculum Development
  • Newsletter Writing and Editing
  • Building and Strengthening Community Connections

Recent Work History

May 2005-Present Independent Consultant
Side by Side Associates

  • Provide project management, facilitation, training and program evaluation services related to cultural diversity and equity, leadership development, community building, and civic/community engagement.
  • Clients include: Neighborhood House, St. Paul Public Housing Agency, St Paul Public Schools, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Stillwater Public Schools, Multicultural Communities in Action, AH Wilder Foundation, Minnesota Participation Project

Program Consultant
Neighborhood Leadership Program
Wilder Center for Communities
A.H. Wilder Foundation
  • Coordinated ongoing program and led team to expand program and create evaluation plan. Managed mini-grant program, co-designed curriculum and led recruitment and selection process

Staff Consultant
Wilder Center for Communities
A. H. Wilder Foundation
  • Provided program planning and documentation, group facilitation and liaison to community initiatives including design and evaluation of leadership development program for Community Solutions Fund, diversity training and annual planning for Values First and Leap Forward for Children, retreat facilitation for St. Paul Housing Campaign, and liaison trainer for Youth Leadership in Vital Communities

1995-1999 Editor and Program Coordinator
A. H. Wilder Foundation
  • Edited and coordinated quarterly publication, Community Matters , and annual community Cities at Work public forum program on local community development issues


1978 B.A. History, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
1982 MLA, Library Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Current Community Involvement/Affiliations

Co-Chair, Immigrant Rights Leadership Team, JCA
Convener, Coalition for Permanent Residency
Board member, Community Solutions Fund
Co-Chair, West Side 100

Past Community Involvement/Affiliations

Board member, Steppingstone Theater
Leadership Team, Minnesota Legacy Project
Chair, Public Affairs Committee, Arts and Culture Partnership
Voting Rights Coalition, Take Action Minnesota