Mustafa is the founder of Khyre Solutions LLC. Khyre is a Minneapolis-based agency that provides policy, advocacy and communications services to businesses and organizations that want to change federal or state policy. Khyre works with a number of clients including: Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Mind Foundry, and Isuroon. He served for 3.5 years as Congressman Keith Ellison’s lead aide on foreign affairs, civil rights and civil liberties, public safety, and African issues in his district office. Previously, Mustafa worked for the Minnesota House of Representatives, Wilder Foundation, and the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. Mustafa advocates for progressive policy initiatives that address pressing human rights issues as well as other issues facing people of color. He’s a recipient of the 2011 Josie Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award at the University of Minnesota. Mustafa holds a degree in Sociology and African American & African Studies from the University of Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Mustafa as a board member of the State of Minnesota’s Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, which advises the Governor and the legislature on issues impacting black people. He was a 2015-2016 Humphrey Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Policy. Mustafa loves biking, going to live music shows, and hot tubs in his free time.
Land Stewardship Project
Doug is a rural community organizer with the Land Stewardship Project, working out of LSP’s southeast Minnesota office in Lewiston. A longtime supporter of Voices for Racial Justice, Nopar has previously worked for Centro Campesino, and at LSP, works to expose cases of wage theft against rural Latino workers on factory farms and build white, rural support for immigrant rights and immigration reform. In the year 2000, Doug founded the multi-racial theatre troupe, Action Theatre, to explore issues of race, class and gender in Winona, Minnesota. He believes that artistic and cultural expression are key to social change, and wrote “Look Who’s Knockin’,” LSP’s one-act touring play about new farmer access to land. Doug co-chairs the social action committee at B’nai Israel Synagogue in Rochester, MN, and raises sheep and cattle on a small farm south of Winona.
As Leadership Programs Director at the Bush Foundation, Anita works with a wonderful team to equip, inspire and connect leaders in order to strengthen our region. She brings a significant record of accomplishments to the Foundation, including ten years of developing a wide-range of leadership and inclusion programs as the vice president for racial justice and public policy at the YWCA of Minneapolis. In 2011, she received the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She was named a Top Six Business Leader Under 30 by Minnesota Business Magazine and a Top Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotan by the Minnesota Jaycees. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and a master’s from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She serves on the boards of the Charities Review Council and the Minnesota Humanities Center.
Jason’s work focuses on lowering recidivism rates, creating innovative exit strategies for youth involved in gang activity, and banning the box on housing. He has been a professor at Metropolitan State University and at Hamline University. He is a national keynote speaker and trainer, drawing on his past experiences as a gang member and an incarcerated Black man. He is past president of the Minneapolis NAACP. Jason was a 2013 Bush Fellow who focused on reducing the recidivism rate among juveniles throughout the state of Minnesota. He is the author of a memoir, From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances.
Gilbert was born and raised in Hawai’i within a family of Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, Native Hawaiians, and other groups. He studied child psychology at the University of Minnesota, where he began nurturing his commitment to centering the experiences of diverse communities, particularly Asians/Pacific Islanders, Latinos, and LGBTQ people. Gilbert is an avid learner, passionate exerciser, and nature enthusiast. He is a Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s Center for Prevention. Prior to Blue Cross he held staff and board member roles in national and local nonprofits, in the areas of health advocacy and youth programming.
Meghan Casey is the owner of Do Better Content Consulting, a content strategy consultancy that helps organizations do good with better content. She has worked with a wide variety of clients—startups, nonprofits, colleges and universities, and everything in between—to solve the messy content problems most organizations encounter every day. With a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from Hamline University and a commitment to social justice, she’s invested in leading from the back while uplifting BIPOC voices.
Donna Maeda is currently the Dean of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC) and a faculty member in the American Studies Department at Macalester College. Maeda approaches her work by building collaborative partnerships that pay attention to dynamics of power shaped by different identities as well as institutional positions. She is especially interested in the transformative possibilities created by collective leadership practices and building solidarity through organizing. She serves on the Ethics and Reconciliation Council of Clouds and Water Zen Center and as an advisor to the Immigration Project of the Council of Asian American Leaders (CAAL). Maeda is also involved with the West Side Community Organization (WSCO) and Root & Restore, a collective that works on community-based alternatives to policing.
Kay Adam is an experienced twin cities based facilitator and organizational change practitioner. They currently work as a Principal Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at Hennepin County’s Center for Innovation & Excellence as an internal consultant. Kay believes in the transformative power of effective teamwork and collaboration. Through their practice, they aim to catalyze organizational change through the use of a wide array of established and custom made facilitation, systems thinking and organizational development tools. Kay has a bachelor’s in Economics and a Minor in Mathematics from Augsburg University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, Development and Policy from the University of Minnesota (with a concentration in evaluation studies).
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Government Affairs
Jamie is the Director of Government Affairs for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians. He has served in that capacity since June of 2011. Jamie has been working to strengthen relationships with Minnesota lawmakers and to protect tribal sovereignty and the economic and human rights of American Indian people since 1999. He is currently tasked with leading the Mille Lacs Band’s communications and lobbying efforts at the local, state and federal levels. Jamie has worked on a variety of legislative issues over the last 15 years, ranging from education and voting rights to human services and public safety. He has served on several boards – Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, Women of Nations, and the Minnesota PTA. Jamie has also worked on numerous local and statewide voter mobilization efforts.
Nexus Community Partners
Terri is a program director at Nexus Community Partners, a non-profit community building intermediary where she is responsible for running the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) which trains and places community leaders of color on publicly appointed boards or commissions with the goal to advance equity in the Twin Cities region. Terri is an active community volunteer, serving on the boards of the Asian Economic Development Association, CommonBond Communities, and the F.R. Bigelow Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Russian and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, both obtained from the University of Minnesota.
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and facilitator. She is a worker-owner of AORTA, the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance, a cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy through facilitation, political education, and consulting. Previous to AORTA, Autumn served as the Executive Director of RECLAIM! and the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project. She is the co-host of the podcast, How to Survive the End of the World, with her sister, adrienne maree brown. Autumn writes speculative fiction and creative non-fiction, and her work has been published in Revolutionary Mothering, Octavia’s Brood, and the Procyon Science Fiction Anthology. Autumn lives in South Minneapolis with her three brilliant children.