2019 MYALP Cohort

Fargo-Moorhead Cohort

  • Farhiya Abdulkarim, Diversity Coordinator for Programs and Cohort Support, Concordia College
  • Hakun Abdullahi, Executive Director, AfroAmerican Development Association
  • Fowzia Adde, Executive Director, Immigrant Development Center
  • Scott Holdman, Director, Impact Foundation
  • Derrick LaPointe, President/CEO, Downtown Moorhead, Inc.
  • Megan Myrdal, Director of Development, NorthHarvest Bean Growers Association and Food of the North
  • Jenny Olson, Managing Director, Office of Recovery Reinvented, State of North Dakota, Office of the Governor
  • Greg Tehven, Executive Director/CEO, Emerging Prairie
  • James Whirlwind Soldier, Training Consultant, Goldmark Property Management
  • Taya Spelhaug, TechSpark Manager, Microsoft

Minneapolis-Saint Paul Cohort

  • John Doan, Co-Founder/CEO, Mobility 4 All
  • David Edgerton, Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Andersen Corporation
  • Drinal Foster, Sr. Business Support Manager, Wells Fargo
  • Dayna Frank, CEO, First Avenue
  • Amelia Hardy, Senior Director Enterprise Relationship Management, Best Buy
  • Tim Huebsch, Sr. Manager, General Mills
  • Emily Johnson-Piper, Executive Director of Government Relations and Contracting, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Shoua Lee, Vice President, Community Development, Wells Fargo
  • Max Musicant, President, Musicant Group
  • Toni Newborn, Chief Equity Officer, City of Saint Paul
  • Sam O’Connell, Sr. Manager, Public Relations, Metro Transit
  • Alejandra Pelinka, Creative Placemaking Director, City of Bloomington
  • Alicia Sojourner, Racial Equity Manager, City of Saint Louis Park
  • Chris Swanson, SVP, Product Innovation Director, US Bank
  • Ellen Trader, Executive Director, Carlson School, University of Minnesota
  • Jen Wagner-Lahr, Sr. Director of Innovation & Commercialization, AURI (Agricultural Utilization Research Institute)
  • Anika Ward, Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield Center for Prevention
  • Jai Winston, Director, Knight Foundation
  • Annie Zipfel, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Andersen Corporation

Rochester Cohort

  • Ruth Bello, Operations Manager, Mayo Clinic School of Health Services
  • Kevin Bright, Energy and Sustainability Director, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency
  • Annie Burt, Interim Chair, Communications, Mayo Clinic
  • Chad Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
  • Nick Campion, City Council Member, City of Rochester
  • Jenny Casper, Director of Community Engagement & Career Development, University of Minnesota – Rochester
  • Holly Masek, Exeuctive Director Rochester Downtown Alliance
  • Chao Mwatela, Multicultural Advisor, Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara, Host & Associate Producer; Diversity Program Director, R-Town (KSMQ Public Television program) and Mayo Clinic

Saint Cloud Cohort

  • Ryan Cross, President & CEO, BCI Construction
  • Leslie Dingmann, Business Development Director, Greater St Cloud Development Corporation
  • Dan Edelbrock, Business Banking Relationship Manager, US Bank
  • Hudda Ibrahim, President & CEO, Filsan Talent Partners
  • Karl Nohner, High School Principal, Sauk Rapids/Rice Schools
  • Marie Pfipsen, Community Development Director, City of Becker
  • Clare Richards, Creative Services Manager, Leighton Interactive
  • Amanda Romaine, Senior Marketing Strategy Director, GeoComm
  • Lacey Schirmers, Managing Director, Great Theatre
  • Jonathon Wong, Regional Communications Specialist, Minnesota Department of Human Rights

*Titles listed at time of Program.