Board of Directors

Sept 1, 2018 – Aug 31, 2019


Jack El-Hai, Chair

Nathan Perez, Vice Chair
Author and Executive Search Consultant

Eric Roberts, Treasurer
Community Volunteer; Former Divisional President, CES Group

Anika Fajardo, Secretary
Author, Editor, Teaching Artist

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


Jon Austin
Senior Partner, J Austin & Associates

Marge Barrett
Writer; Teaching Artist

Karlyn Coleman
Teacher, Community Volunteer, Author

Dawn Frederick
Owner and Literary Agent, Red Sofa Literary

Cynthia Gehrig
Community Volunteer; Former President, Jerome Foundation

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

Marlon James
Writer; Professor, Macalester College

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

Rosemarie Kelly Ndupuechi
Owner, Occasions by Rose; Communications Consultant

Sarah Olson
In-House Counsel, Thrivent Financial

Jeff Ondich
Owner, Ultralingua ; Professor, Carleton College

Tong Pham
Hospitalist, United Hospital and St Francis Regional Medical Center

John Schenk
Community Volunteer; Former COO, Fredrikson & Byron

Elizabeth Schott
Community Volunteer; Former President of the United Way, Northfield