Meet the GiveMN Team

Nothing happens without our committed staff and roster of dedicated board members. Here's the team that works tirelessly to grow giving across Minnesota.

You can reach any member of the GiveMN team by emailing help@givemn.org.

Executive Leadership Team

Jake Blumberg

Executive Director
(aka Chief Generosity Officer)
he/him

   

Jenna Ray

Deputy Executive Director, Community Impact
(aka Chief Community Catalyst)
she/her

                   

Naomi Sadighi

Deputy Executive Director, Operational Sustainability
(aka Make it Happen Captain)
she/her

Tom Zimmerman

Deputy Executive Director, 
Marketing and Communications
(aka Lead Grammar Auditor)
he/him

Carmen Gonzalez

Executive Support Associate
(aka Producer of Peace)
she/her

Community Impact

Jenna Ray

Deputy Executive Director, Community Impact
(aka Chief Community Catalyst)
she/her

   

Courtney Backen (장정미)

Director, Community and Capacity Development
(aka Abundance Amplifier)
she/her

   

Clara Lind

Director, Coaching
(aka Education Energizer)
she/her

Cat Clements

Fundraising Coach
(aka Cheerleader of Change)
she/her

Nelle Rivers-Koonce

Administrative Associate
(aka Intention Actualizer)
they/she

Operational Sustainability

Naomi Sadighi

Deputy Executive Director, Operational Sustainability
(aka Make it Happen Captain)
she/her

   

Jalisa Goetz

Director of Strategic Advancement
(aka Sustainable Strategist)
she/her

 

Manya Jacobson

Operations Associate
(aka Creation Collaborator)
she/her

Hilary Kaufman

Advancement Associate
(aka Community Connector)
they/she

Rainah Ward

Business Development Associate
(aka Growth Go-getter)
she/her

Marketing and Communications

Tom Zimmerman

Deputy Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
(aka Lead Grammar Auditor)
he/him

 

Steph Anderson

Senior Marketing and Communications Associate
(aka Marketing Magician)
she/her

GiveMN Board of Directors

Dr. Michael Self, Sr. - Chair
Metropolitan State University

Jonathan Banks 
NCXT

Joe Campbell
Fairview Health Services

Sarah Casey
West Central Initiative

Mirella Ceja-Orozco
Minnesota Freedom Fund

Stephanie Dilworth - Treasurer
University of Minnesota College of Design
Lola Mercedes Parker Foundation for Economic Empowerment of Business and Professional Women

Tracy Fischman - Vice Chair
Fischman Consulting, LLC

Mohammed Amin Kahin
Milestone Community Development, SIGI LLC

Janine Kamath 
Mayo Clinic

Darla Kashian - Secretary
RBC Wealth Management

Meghan McInerny
Best Buy
Cordale Q. Handy In Remembrance of Me Foundation
Still Kickin

Kenzie O'Keefe
Pillsbury United Communities 

Sami Pelton 
Lifesprk

Vidya Ramraj
Versique Consulting

Mike Russell
Blackbaud, Inc.

Russ Testa 
Salo, a Korn Ferry Company

Dominick Washington
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Chris Wentzlaff - Member At-Large
University of Minnesota

Lindy Yokanovich, Esq.
Cancer Legal Care

Rob Zeaske
Harvard Business School


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