The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota welcomes five new trustees to its Board. To kick off the new fiscal year, their three-year terms began on April 1, 2023.
The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota envisions a world of opportunity where all women, girls, and gender-expansive people have the power to create and lead safe, prosperous lives. Gloria Perez, President & CEO, said, “Our work is a collective effort, and the foundation’s new trustees represent leaders from key sectors across Minnesota. We are thrilled to welcome this powerhouse of talent to join us in resourcing solutions to end systemic inequities. Their skills and insights will help us realize transformational change for gender and racial justice.”
Welcome Our New Trustees:
Raichel Brown is a Senior Manager on the Target Foundation, Corporate Responsibility team, where she leads Target Foundation’s Hometown giving portfolio, which focuses on advancing racial equity and economic prosperity for Black, Indigenous and people of color communities. She began her career in philanthropy more than 15 years ago. Prior to Target, Raichel worked in various roles in the nonprofit sector. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Raichel was selected to be a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2017, and later became a member of its alumni board. She is a former board member of the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board. Raichel is a leader in the workplace and in the community. She is committed to equity and justice, and helping women and girls realize their voice, power, and potential.
Tonya Jackman Hampton is Chief People and Culture Officer of Hennepin Healthcare. In this leadership role, Tonya oversees all human resources functions, including HR shared services, talent acquisition, organizational development and employee engagement, compensation, labor relations, HR operations and diversity and inclusion. Over the past 25 years, Tonya has led global and national companies within the human resources operations of HealthPartners, Planned Parenthood, and Medtronic, as well as many other organizations. She founded and is now an Adviser for Sequel Consulting Group and was the Managing Principal for an award-winning woman-owned firm – Cook Ross, focusing on transforming organizations into inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible cultures by implementing strategies through organization development practices. Tonya earned a Doctor of Education in Organization Development and an MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of St. Thomas. She has a B.A. in Political Science/Pre-Law from Clark Atlanta University.
Henry Jiménez is CEO of the St. Paul-based Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC). Henry served leadership roles in a variety of programs and organizations at the local and state levels, including executive directorships at the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) and the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs (MCLA). He is also a founding chair of the board of directors of COPAL (Comunidades Organizando el Poder y Acción Latina) and is among the recently elected members of the Opportunity Finance Network’s national board of directors. Henry’s lived experiences as a proud son of immigrants, combined with his unique Midwest regional perspective, strong legislative experience, horizontal leadership style, and undying commitment to equitable and sustainable economic prosperity for Latino communities, have made him an emerging leader in the local and national CDFI community. Henry holds a master’s degree in advocacy and political leadership from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He lives in Richfield with his wife and two young children.
Velma Korbel is the Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer of APi Group. Before joining APi, Velma spent 10 years with the City of Minneapolis as Director of the Department of Civil Rights. She also served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and Director of Diversity & Equal Opportunity for the Metropolitan Council. In her various roles in addition to enforcing civil rights laws at the state and local levels, Velma created a leadership development program, shaped organizational culture, sponsored employee resource groups, and partnered with leaders to execute diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies across the organizations where she served in a senior leadership capacity. Velma is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, a member of the Board of Directors of Urban League Twin Cities and ACE Mentor, USA. She is also a trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Dunwoody College of Technology. She is a veteran of the United States Navy.
Mary Miklethun is a Senior Vice President at U.S. Bank, leading Business Segment Strategy Coordination & Support. Mary’s team is responsible for targeted customer segmentation, data analytics, and strategic initiatives supporting small business clients of the bank — including Access Business, an initiative focused on closing the racial wealth gap by helping small business owners thrive. Mary has been with U.S. Bank for 23 years, having spent the first 16 years managing global commercial card products before moving into Consumer and Business Banking in 2016. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in English and Music from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, and a master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Iowa.