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Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Welcomes Three New Trustees

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota welcomes three new trustees to its Board. Their three-year terms begin on April 1.

New Trustees:

Nevada Littlewolf, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, lives in the Iron Range community of Virginia, Minnesota. She has more than 20 years of experience working across sectors of political leadership, public policy, community, and the arts. Her passion for creating systemic change and igniting power led her to found the Rural American Indigenous Leadership (RAIL), a leadership organization for women. Nevada was elected to the Virginia City Council in 2008 and continues to serve her community as a local elected leader. She has an Associate of Arts Degree from Mesabi College and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Nevada is a 2016 Bush Leadership Fellow.

George Martin is a partner and member of the management board of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (2011- present). He is a trusted counselor to multinational companies in connection with their most significant international transactions, operational, compliance, and personnel matters. He regularly advises boards of directors and senior leadership teams regarding cross-border strategic transactions, market entry growth strategies, risk management, compliance, and related governance matters. George has handled transactions and compliance investigations in more than 40 countries, with a special expertise in emerging markets, having lived and practiced law in China and Eastern Europe for five years. He is recognized in the Guide to Leading Practitioners: China as one of the pre-eminent practitioners with expertise in mergers and acquisitions involving China. George served as head of the firm’s corporate group from 2009-11. He is a former co-chair of the firm’s international practice, and founder of the China practice. George served on the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s MN Girls Are Not For Sale Phase 2 Committee, and also served on the Mia development committee (2014-2016). He and Kathy, his wife, have two daughters, Taylor (20) and Sophia (16), and reside in Minneapolis.

Valerie Spencer is the president of the Broadwaters Foundation, a family foundation. She serves on the Board of Center for Victims of Torture, and is an honorary board member of Arc Greater Twin Cities. She has been a philanthropist for more than 30 years, focusing on issues relating to women and children. She is a retired girls high school lacrosse coach. Val received her BA in Russian Area Studies from Williams College. BC (Before Children) she spent three years in NYC at the Bank of New York and three years as a securities analyst at RBC Dain Raucher. She and Ed, her husband, have three children and one grandchild.

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