Board of Directors

Sept 1, 2019 – Aug 31, 2020


Eric Roberts, Chair
Community Volunteer
Former Divisional President, CES Group

Marge Barrett, Vice Chair
Writer and Teaching Artist

Mike Meyer, Treasurer
Board Chair, Nature Conservancy
Governance Co-Chair, Global Minnesota

Anika Fajardo, Secretary
Writer and Book Reviewer

Britt Udesen, President and Ex-Officio
Executive & Artistic Director, The Loft Literary Center


Jon Austin
Senior Partner, J Austin & Associates

Dara Beevas
Co-Founder, Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Karlyn Coleman
Teacher, Community Volunteer, Author

Dawn Frederick
Owner and Literary Agent, Red Sofa Literary

Cynthia Gehrig
Community Volunteer
Board member, Belwin Nature Conservancy
Former President, Jerome Foundation

Kathryn Haddad
Founder, MIZNA
K-12 Educator
Artistic/Executive Director, New Arab American Theater Works

Marlon James
Professor, Macalester College

David Kilpatrick
Former board member,  New London-Spicer Schools

Michael Kleber-Diggs
Poet and Essayist

Ellen McInnis
Volunteer, Big Brother, Big Sisters
Member, Twin Cities Ukulele Club
Former Government Relations Professional
Former Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board

Sarah Olson
In-House Counsel, Thrivent Financial

Jeff Ondich
Owner, Ultralingua
Professor, Carleton College

Melinda Ward
Former Chief Content Officer, Public Radio International