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All 278 under-the-radar leaders and community connector nominees

The 3rd call for nominations of “Under the Radar Leaders” and “Community Connectors” has brought in a record number of submissions—278 to be exact!

This awareness initiative brings attention to the amazing visionaries and champions leading our communities day in and day out.

We asked for your nominations in two categories:   

1) Under the Radar Leaders — people making an impact “under the radar” and whose work/efforts/impact should be shared more broadly with our community, starting with the Pollen network. 

2) Community Connectors — people in our community who are getting things done by bringing together ideas, resources, and multiple stakeholders to make things happen.

Pollen members submitted 135 Under the Radar Leaders and 143 Community Connectors. Thank you to all nominators and congratulations to all submitted!

Here is the full roster of all submissions (apologies in advance for any misspellings, please send any corrections to

First Name: Last Name:Organization:Title:
JeffAchenGiveMNDigital Strategist
ThompsonAderinkomiRetrace HealthCEO & Co-Founder
CassaundraAdlerAdler ConsultingFounder
JohnAkreSloppy FilmsTeaching Artist
CarlAtiya SwansonSpringboard for the artsExecutive assistant
PaulBabcockMacPhail Center for MusicPresident and COO
BethBaileyCommunity Mediation ServicesExecutive Director
LeighBaileyThe Bailey Group 
MarciaBallinger KeyStone Search 
DebraBehrensCollege PossibleDevelopment Director
MichaelBischofClarifty Facilitation & the Socila Innovation LabConsultant
BrandonBoatDanger Boat Productions LLCCo-Founder
JeriBoisvertMN Office of Justice ProgramsExecutive Director
NinaBouphasavanhPhavanna MediaProducer, Host, Writer & Humanitarian
CarolinaBradpieceCAP of Scott Carver Dakota CountiesPresident/CEO
SusieBrownMinnesota Council of NonprofitsPublic Policy Director
LynneBurkeChildren’s Literacy Program, Hennepin County Medical CenterChildren’s Literacy Liaison
AmberCameronUniversity of MinnesotaAssociate Director for Public Engagement Initiatives
SusanCampionGiant Steps / Camponovo ConsultingPrincipal
AntonioCardonaPillsbury United CommunitiesDirector, Urban Institute for Service and Learning
Joe CavanaughYouth Frontiers 
MattClarkUS BankBanker
DoronClarkMinneapolis Neighborhood & Community Engagement CommissionCommissioner
DesireeCulpittCommunity Technology Empowerment ProjectProgram Director
ElizabethDavisCornerstone MontessoriHead of School
Jim DelaneyEngine for Social Innovation 
LoisDirksenLEVEL BrandPresident
JoelDonna3Ring.orgFounder and CEO
Lynette DumalagNelson, Tietz & Hoye 
AndiEgbertState Demographer’s OfficeResearch Analyst Specialist Senior
MarianoEspinosaMesa LatinaOrganizer
IreneFernandoStudents Today Leaders ForeverCo-Executive Director
AnnFinanSCSUProfessor of Sociology
JonFletcherAlatusGeneral Manager
J.ForrestEmployee Strategies Inc.Founder & Owner
RobertFreemanHealthPartnersLegislative lead
Mike FrommeltKeyStone Search 
AnkurGargSexual Violence CenterPresident
LinhGillesCarlson School of Management, University of MinnesotaDirector of Admissions & Recruiting, Full-Time & Part-Time MBA Programs
BrianGioielliMinneapolis College of Art and DesignDirector of Major and Alumni Giving
JenniferGodinezMMEPassociate director
SamGrantMovement Center for Deep DemocracyPrincipal
AaronGroteSolar Arts BuildingCreative Director
JayHaapalaaarpassociate state director community outreach
KristiHamiltonGuild IncorporatedDirector of Communications
ErikHansenCity of MinneapolisPrincipal Project Coordinator
HollyHarrisonPaper Darts 
MatthewHauckFair State Brewing CooperativeCo-Founder
Steve HellandFredrikson & Byron 
CraigHelmstetterWilder ResearchSenior Research Manager
MarioHernandezLatino Economic Development CenterVice President and COO
SarahHernandezThe McKnight FoundationProgram Officer
MattHillMinnesota Historical SocietyManager, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
NellHurleyMinnesota Recovery ConnectionExecutive Director
StephanieJacobsNonprofits Assistance FundProgram Director
LoriJacobwithApporte, LLCFundraising Coach
JoeJohnsonTrust VetsFounder
KirstenJohnsonWilder FoundationManager, Community Leadership
JennyJohnsonAeonFundraising Manager
BrianJonesColonial ChurchMinister of Mission & Outreach
MuneerKarcher-RamosAmherst H Wilder FoundationSr. Program Director / Research Associate
JacieKnightYouth Performance CompanyArtistic Director/Founder
AnneKrocakAchieveMplsDeputy Director
BethanyKruegerCollege PossibleAssociate Director
DamianKussianNorth Metro TVOutreach Director
JeffLarsonMinnesota Fringe FestivalAssociate Director
JonLenzHearth & Home TechnologiesCopywriter
MikeLiepoldMinnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL) and University of Minnesota ExtensionLeadership Educator
NickLindbergStudents Today Leaders ForeverCo-Founder and Manager of Finance and Operations
JamesLofflerLoffler CompaniesSales Manager
Michael LoganComcast 
NancyLyonsClockwork Active MediaCEO
NathanMagelBrand Lab & YNPN-TC 
QuentonMartyHope for the CityExecutive Development Officer
CherylMatterBioBusiness Alliance of MinnesotaSenior Program Director
SallyMcGrawAlready Pretty LLCOwner
JoaquinMendez Training & Sales Development Leader
JamieMillardPaper Darts
DevinMillerClear Faith Christian MinistriesPastor/Community Activist
ErichMischeSpare KeyExecutive Director
ChakaMkaliHope Community CenterDirector Of Organizing and Community Building
Sandy’CiMouaCommunity Action Against RacismLead Community Organizer
KirkMuhlenbruckThink Mutual BankVP
AngelaMurrayCarlson School of ManagementCoordinator of Diversity and Inclusion
RebeccaNathanNorthside Achievement ZoneAcademic Navigator
NathanNerlandCarson Glore Foundation/Nerland CoFounder, CEO
KrisNewcomerBrandLabDevelopment Director
BruceNustadMn Retailers AssociationPresident
AliParsonsCollege PossibleAssociate Development Officer
CarolPassEast PhilipsPresident
DougPaulsonMinnesota Dept of EdSTEM Specialist
DanPfarrThe Bridge for YouthExecutive Director
ChanidaPhaengdara PotterThe Advocates for Human RightsProgram Assistant
Jeff ProutyThe Prouty Project 
LisaRadzakMinnesota Public RadioManaging Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations
Laurence ReszetarMaslon Edelman Borman and Brand 
JasonRohloffUMNSpecial Assistant to the President for Govt and Community Relations
NoahRouenThe Rouen GroupPresident
JonathanSage-MartinsonCentral Corridor Funders CollaborativeExecutive Director
MichaelSchardinAnoka County Workforce CenterCouncil Member
JohnSchuermanSchuerman ConsultsOwner and Consultant
TimSchusterMidtownFounding Pastor
LeeSheehyThe McKnight FoundationDirector, Regions and Communities
BobShoemakeCenter for Ethical Business CulturesDirector, Programs & Membership
DamonShoholmWilderCommunity Leadership Manager
TracySidesBravely BeOwner, Health Advocate, Educator, Writer
AlfonsoSintjagoUniversity of MinnesotaVice President, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly
MichaelSmiejaWe Can GrowDirector
DameunStrangeForever Saint Paul ChallengeEngagement Lead
MihailoTemaliNeighborhood Development CenterPresident and CEO
GraemeThickinsGT&A Strategic MarketingFounder
JaneTiganWilder ResearchResearch Associate
MikeTomaliNeighborhood Development CenterExecutive Director
MichelleTorgersonCollege Possible NationalDirector of New Site Development
DaniaToscano MiwaToscano AdvisorsCo-Founder
DeWayneTownsendLongfellow Community CouncilLCC Board of directors
DianeTranMinnesota RisingFounder
AndreaTrombleyWhat MattersDirector of Marketing and Communications
ZerVangCollege PossibleProgram Coordinator
LindsayWalzcourageous heARTSFounder
LeviWeinhagenPratfalls of Parentingfounder
JonathanWeinhagenSaint Paul Area ChamberRegional Director
David K.WellsProject 515Board member, Activist
LinnetteWernerUniversity of MinneostaDirector – Leadership Minor
Lori-AnneWilliamsOrdway Center for the Performing ArtsGrants Writer
JonathanWilsonLEAD Project; Torch Community; Best & Flanagan LLPBoard of Directors; Board of Directors; Partner
ChrisWinterAchieve PurposeConsultant
HeatherWorthingtonRamsey CountyDeputy County Manager
MikeWynneEmerge Community DevelopmentPresident & CEO
TiffanyXiongGrassroots SolutionsEngagement Specialist

First Name: Last Name: Organization: Title: 
PaulAbdoAbdo Market HouseExecutive
JohnAkreSloppy FilmsTeaching Artist
RobertAlbeeVentura Village and A-PODChairperson
Courtney AlgeoThe Loft and Paper Darts 
RonAndersonSocial Venture PartnersBoard Member
Corey AndersonMinnPost 
Don BallCoCoMSP 
TimBarettMinnesota High Tech AssociationSTEM Director
KateBarrNonprofits Assistance FundExecutive Director
MattBarthelemyBuds of SpringFounder
DaveBatesonUniversity of St. Thomas School of LawDean of Students
DebraBehrensCollege PossibleDevelopment Director
Michael BischoffSocial Innovation Lab 
JeriBoisvertMN Office of Justice ProgramsExecutive Director
BillBreonAeonFund Development Assistant
RickBrimacombBrimacomb & AssociatesCEO
RonnieBrooksWilder Foundation – Shannon Institute 
BetsyBuckleyWhat MattersCEO
MaryBuschetteCollege of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of MinnesotaDirector of Alumni and Constituent Services
SusanCampionGiant StepsChief Executive Officer
JeanneCarpenterPerception INKPublic Relations Professional
LauraCederbergAmerican Swedish InstituteMarketing & Communications Manager
KateCiminoHHH Policy Fellows Program 
ChrisCloudMPLS CollectiveCollaboration Director
KatieCondonMacPhail Center for MusicDirector of Community Partnerships
DonCraigheadDHC Enterprises, IncCEO
TaneDangerThe Theater of Public PolicyHost
RobDavisWhittier Alliance Business AssociationChair
ImogenDavisTonka CaresDirector
PaulDeBettigniesMN Headhunter, MN Recruiters Conference 
AnnDeGrootMinneapolis Youth Coordinating BoardExecutive Director
DarcyDouglasKantar MediaDirector, Accounts Solutions
KathyDraegerU of M Regional Sustainable Development PartnershipsStatewide Director
RebeccaDriscollKeyStone Search 
LynetteDumalagTorch Community; Aeon; Nelson, Teitz & Hoye Inc.Partnership Director; Board of Directors; Associate
SarahDuniwayGray Plant Mooty 
NathanEklundEklund ConsultingFounder
KrisEstensonSt. Olaf CollegeAlumni and Employer Engagement
AdamFaitekAccountAbility MinnesotaVolunteer Resources Director
JenniferFranklinAmherst H. Wilder FoundationProgram Developer, Wilder Center for Communities
TomFultonFamily Housing FundPresident
PhilGappCommunity Wide WebInterim Director
AnkurGargSexual Violence CenterPresident
NateGarvis Studio/E 
DavidGeeG-Force Communiciations 
leegeorgeThe Workspace 
BrianGioielliMCAD / YNPN Twin Cities 
ReillyGoodwinNatural Resource GroupPublic Affairs Consultant
SamGrantMovement Center for Deep DemocracyCo-founder
KellyGroehlerBest Buy 
KristiHamiltonEnroot Marketing and CommunicationsOwner
KathyHansenLutheran Social ServicesVice President, Development
LaurelHansenThe Arc Greater Twin CitiesThrift Business Director
Arik HansonHelp A PR Pro Out (HAPPO) 
WendyHelgesonInterCity Leadership Visit 
AlexHinesWinona State UniversityDirector of Diversity and Inclusion
BonnieHolubUniversity of St. ThomasProfessor
MattHuntStanford & GriggsConsultant
LoriJacobwith Master Storyteller
AndrewJohnsonLongfellow Community CouncilPresident
KirstenJohnsonWilder FoundationCommunity Leadership Manager
ClaytonKearnsCoon Creek Watershed DistrictBoard Member
SeanKershaw Citizens League 
KateKhaledCharities Review CouncilEngagement and Development Manager
Matt KramerSaint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce 
PatrickKuntzIgnite Minneapolis 
LizKuoppalaMinnesota Coalition for the HomelessExecutive Director
DoobieKurusMinneapolis Public SchoolsEarly Childhood Special Education teacher
StevenLadinRock Your BlockCo-Founder
PamLangsethSocial Venture Partners – MN 
MikeLinnemannFantasy Flight GamesArt Director
Sarah LutmanLutman & Associates 
NancyLyonsClockwork Active MediaCEO
SteveMarcheseMinnesota State Bar AssociationPro Bono Development Director
AftonMartensMacalester Groveland Community CouncilExecutive Director
JackieMenneJouleChief Empathy Officer
JamieMillardFast Horse 
DevinMillerClear Faith Christian MinistriesPastor/Community Activist
ErichMischeSpare KeyExecutive Director
PatrickMooreCURE Clean Up our River Environmentintrepid linker to rural ag interests
Luis MorenoTwin Cities Business Peer Network 
Sandy’CiMouaCommunity Action Against RacismLead Community Organizer
MattMuselOutfront Minnesota PACBoard Member
RussNelsonNelson, Tietz & Hoye, Inc.President
Dana Nelson GiveMN 
UriNerenInnovation International 
KrisNewcomerBrandLabDevelopment Director
Blois OlsonMorningTake 
ElizabethPangerlCasa ValenciaCEO
RandParkVice President of DevelopmentMinnesota Private College Council
BethParkhillMentor PlanetFounder and CEO
DougPaulsonMinnesota Department of EducationMinnesota STEM Specialist
DanielPfarrThe Bridge for YouthExecutive Director
JonPrattMN Council of Nonprofits 
AnnePryorMultipleLinkedIn Business Coach and Sales Trainer
JeriQuestDress for Success Twin CitiesExecutive Director
KyrraRankineTeach For AmericaDirector of Alumni and Community Engagement
SamReidTACT, L3C, Ashoka, Mobius Executive LeadershipConsultant
CatherineReid DaySt Anthony Park Community 
SondraSamuelsNorthside Achievement ZonePresident and CEO
JennSchaalTwin Cities Public TelevisionCorporate Sponsorship and Underwriting (and Stand Up Comic)
MikeSchardinSolar Arts BuildingPublic Relations
Robyn ScheinFourth Generation Fund, The Minneapolis Foundation 
TanyaSchmidtEcolabTeam Member
SarahSchultzWalker Art CenterCurator of Public Practice
BenShardlowWorks Progress 
Lee Sheehy  
MichaelSmiejaWe Can GrowDirector
CecilySommersThe PUSH Institute 
ZoeSternJewish Family and Children’s Service of MinneapolisDevelopment Associate
ChrisStewartAfrican American Leadership Forum 
JeanStraitCenter for Excellence in Urban Teaching, Hamline UniversityProfessor and Director
JeffreyStrandMinneapolis Neighborhood & Community Engagement CommissionCommissioner
LucySwiftTwin Cities Public TelevisionVP of Minnesota Productions & Partnerships
ErikTakeshitaLISC TCDeputy Director
GregTehvenUniversity of MinnesotaInstructor
MihailoTemaliNeighborhood Development Center (NDC)President and CEO
JerryTimianMinnesota Philanthropy PartnersProgram Officer
JerryTimianSt. Paul FoundationProgram Officer
JimToscanoToscano AdvisorsPrincipal
DianeTranMinnesota RisingFounder
JeffUrbanLeadership and Community Blog, Girls in Tech MN, She’s Geeky TCFounder
NinaUtneFuture FitPublisher/Connector/Social Entrepreneur
JonathanWeinhagenSaint Paul Area Chamber of CommerceRegional Director
MickWhiteVirginia Asset Management 
JennyWright CollinsYMCA of the Greater Twin CitiesBeacons Network Director
MikeWynneEmerge Community DevelopmentCEO

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