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

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