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Our People

Gloria Perez

President & CEO

Gloria Perez is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, where she leads the first statewide women’s foundation in the country. Since 1983, the Women’s Foundation has distributed more than $49 million through community investments; conducts ongoing research on the status of women and girls in Minnesota; advocates for public policy that results in greater economic security and safety for women and their families; and invests in organizations and leaders to build the field and achieve gender and racial justice.

Meet Our Staff

James Arroyo Miller

Community Impact Project Manager


Cynthia Bauerly

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives


Kate Boyle-Steed

Kate Boyle-Steed

Learning & Evaluation Manager


LaCora Bradford Kesti

Vice President of Community Impact


Jennica Date

Associate Director of Donor Management Systems


Tam Ho

 Director of Philanthropic Partnerships


Erika Idrovo-Cuesta

Program Officer


Jen Day

Jen Lowman Day

Senior Director of Communications


Lauren Kramer

Senior Partnership and Events Officer


Michelle Tran Maryns

Michelle Tran Maryns

Vice President of Communications


Alexa McIndoe

Alexa McIndoe

Communications Project Manager


Nadia Siddiqui

Vice President of Advancement


Heidi Walsh

Heidi Walsh

Vice President of Finance & Operations


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.

Janett Jimenez

Dr. Reatha Clark King Fellow | YWI Program Manager

Board of Trustees

  • Chanda Smith Baker, Chair

    Host, Conversations with Chanda

  • Anita Patel, Vice Chair

    Vice President of Grantmaking, Bush Foundation

  • Debarati Sen, Treasurer

    President, Home Improvement, Consumer Safety & Well-being, 3M

  • Edward Heisler, Secretary

    Strategic Advisor and Special Projects, Men as Peacemakers

  • Raichel Brown

    Senior Manager, Target Foundation, Corporate Responsibility

  • Vanessa Goodthunder

    Director, C̣aƞṡayapi Waḳaƞyeża Owayawa Oṭi

  • Tonya Jackman Hampton

    Chief Human Resources Officer, University of California-San Diego Health

  • Katherine Hayes

    Owner/Director, HRK Group

  • Henry Jiménez

    President and CEO, Propel Nonprofits

  • Velma Korbel

    Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, APi Group

  • Nevada Littlewolf

    Executive Director, Women Winning

  • Kristine Maritz

    Business Advisor Vice President, Board of Trustees, NextStage MN

  • Mary Miklethun

    Senior Vice President, US Bank

  • Adair Mosley

    Chief Executive Officer, African American Leadership Forum

  • Brenda Quaye

    Owner & Founder, Venstar, LLC

  • Fatima Said

    Executive Director, Project FINE

  • Dr. Rajni Shah

    Head of Partnerships, MyMeds

  • Valerie Spencer

    Community Volunteer

  • Elizabeth Tolzmann

    Chief of Staff to the County Manager, Ramsey County

  • Sandy Vargas

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