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Who's involved

More than 1,000 people have shared their expertise in the development of Compass.

Compass Governance Committee

Minnesota Compass Governance Committee

Pictured: Paul Mattessich, Marilee Grant, Frank Forsberg, Charlotte Johnson, Eric Jolly, MayKao Hang, Carolyn Link, Patrick Troska, Susan Brower, Tony Sertich, Don Hickman (for Kathy Gaalswyk), Craig Helmstetter.

Allison Barmann, Vice President of Strategy and Learning, Bush Foundation
Susan Brower, State Demographer, Minnesota State Demographic Center
Nancy Fasching, Senior Administration and Grants Officer, Southwest Initiative Foundation
MayKao Hang, President and CEO, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Rae Jean Hansen, Vice President of Early Childhood, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Charlotte Johnson, Trustee, Otto Bremer Trust
Eric Jolly, President and CEO, The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations
Carolyn Link, Executive Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research
R.T. Rybak, President and CEO, The Minneapolis Foundation
Tony Sertich, President and CEO, Northland Foundation
Jody Speer, Director of Information Technology, The McKnight Foundation
Michael Stroik, Director, 3M
Patrick Troska, Executive Director, The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
Matt Varilek, President, Initiative Foundation
Karen White, Vice President, Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Compass steering committee


Pictured here: (back row) Margaret Arzdorf-Schubbe (for Allison Barmann), Dave Peters, Greg Wagner, Nate Dorr, Mary Rothchild, (front row) Bruce Johansen, Devon Meade, Nancy Fasching, Claire Chang, Diane Benjamin, Lisa Stone.

Jacqueline Berry, Global Communications Manager, 3M
Susan Brower, State Demographer, Minnesota State Demographic Center
Claire Chang, Senior Program Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
James Collins, Director of Learning and Advocacy, Greater Twin Cities United Way
Nate Dorr, Program Officer, Northwest Minnesota Foundation
Nancy Fasching, Senior Administrator and Grants Officer, Southwest Initiative Foundation
Catherine Gray; Director of Impact Strategy, Civic Engagement; The Minneapolis Foundation
Sarah Hernandez, Program Officer, The McKnight Foundation
Don Hickman; Vice President, Community; Initiative Foundation
Alissa Oeltjenbruns, Community Philanthropy Director, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Adaobi Okolue, Executive Director, Twin Cities Media Alliance
Erica Orton, Manager of Learning and Evaluation, Bush Foundation
Mary Rothchild, Senior System Director for Workplace Development, Minnesota State
Nadege Souvenir, Associate Vice President, The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations
Erik Torch, Grant Program Manager, Northland Foundation
Greg Wagner, Economic Development Planner, West Central Initiative

Compass advisory group co-conveners

Aging – Dawn Simonson, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Arts and Culture – Arleta Little, The McKnight Foundation
Children and Youth – Chris Ganzlin, The McKnight Foundation
Civic Engagement – Sean Kershaw, Citizens League
Civic Engagement (2015) – Diane Tran, HealthEast Care System
Disparities – Sandra L. Vargas, The Minneapolis Foundation
Early Childhood – Barbara Yates, Minnesota Early Learning Foundation
Economy and Workforce – Michael Gorman, Split Rock Partners
Economy and Workforce (Statewide) –
   Bill Blazar, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
   Kathy Tunheim, Senior Advisor to the Governor for Job Creation
Education – Alice Seagren, Minnesota Department of Education
Education (Statewide) –
   Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
   Marilee Grant, Boston Scientific
Environment – Steve Morse, Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Health – Mary Brainerd, HealthPartners
Housing – Tim Marx, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing
Immigration –
   Bill Blazar, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
   Sandra L. Vargas, The Minneapolis Foundation
Public Safety – Tom Johnson, Council on Crime and Justice
Transportation (2007) – Bob Johns, Center for Transportation Studies, U. of M.
Transportation (2014) – Charles Zelle, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation

See all the community members who worked on the advisory groups

Please note, affiliations are as of the time that the groups convened.