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Gloria Perez
President & CEO

Gloria Perez

Gloria Perez is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. She became one of the country’s leading experts in two-generation strategies to reducing poverty as President & CEO of Jeremiah Program. Perez has more than 25 years of experience across sectors, ranging from small business, for-profit corporations to nonprofit human service organizations. As an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Perez is working with other national leaders to drive innovative ideas and proven strategies to help families achieve educational success and economic security.

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Deb Bednarz

Deb Bednarz

612-236-1826 | Email

Jamara Cheek

Jamara Cheek
Operations Manager

612-236-1825 | Email

Jennica Date

Jennica Date
Associate Director of Data Analysis

612-236-1812 | Email

Erika Hayley Drozdowski

Hayley Drozdowski
Communications Project Manager

612-236-1838 | Email

Erika Idrovo-Cuesta

Caitlin Frey
Senior Executive Assistant and Board Liaison

612-236-1841 | Email

Erika Idrovo-Cuesta

Erika Idrovo-Cuesta
Program Manager | Dr. Reatha Clark King Fellow

612-236-1814 | Email

Jen Lowman Day

Jen Lowman Day
Director of Communications

612-236-1828 | Email

Lizzie Nelson

Lizzie King
Development Officer

612-236-1832 | Email

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Lulete Mola
Vice President of Community Impact

612-236-1829 | Email

Stacy Papier-Meister

Stacy Papier-Meister
Associate Director of Advancement

612-236-1827 | Email

Jasmine Sanchez

Jasmine Sánchez
Senior Program Officer & Grants Manager
612-236-1856 | Email

Jasmine Sanchez

Kim L. Stone
Vice President of Advancement & External Relations

612-236-1849 | Email

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Carolyn Van Nelson

612-236-1847 | Email

Heidi Walsh

Heidi Walsh
Vice President of Finance & Operations

612-236-1858 | Email

Cynthia J. Zapata

Cynthia J. Zapata
Community Impact Manager

612-236-1835 | Email

Interns & Fellows

The Dr. Reatha Clark King Fellowship and the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship Program are our innovative initiatives to build a pipeline of women of color leaders in philanthropy.

About the Program

Isra Hassan

Isra Hassan
Wenda Weekes Moore Intern

612-236-1816 | Email

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Board of Trustees

Susan Segal

Minnesota Court of Appeals

Nevada Littlewolf
Vice Chair

Political Director 
Women Winning

Gail Polley-Nordhaus

Community Volunteer

Chanda Smith Baker

Senior Vice President of Impact
The Minneapolis Foundation

Jennifer Alstad

Founder and CEO

Julia Classen

Retired Nonprofit Organizational and Governance Consultant

Joanne Green

Senior Director of Financial Analysis and Reporting
University of Minnesota Physicians

Katharine L. Kelly

Community Volunteer

Rebecca Klevan

Wealth Manager
Accredited Investors, Inc.

George Martin

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Wendy Nelson

Carlson Family Foundation

Debarati Sen

Vice President & General Manager
3M Abrasives

Elena Brito Sifferlin

Licensed Social Worker and Community Volunteer

Roderic Southall

EO Consultant and Trainer
Metropolitan Council

Valerie Spencer

Community Volunteer

Pheng Thao

Statewide Coordinator
Men and Masculine Folks Network

Sandy Vargas

Senior Executive Leadership Fellow
University of Minnesota, Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs