MEET THE PANELISTS

Our expert panelists will lead us in exploring issues impacting the community, and how we can leverage resources to address them.  New panelists announced often...make sure to check back!

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Sue Abderholden

Executive Director / N.A.M.I.

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to effect positive changes in the mental health system and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.
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D.A. Bullock

Artist - Filmmaker - Policy Advocate / Pillsbury United Communities

We are community builders co-creating enduring change toward a just society.
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Na Choih

Youth Leadership Mentor / Climate Generation 

Empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change
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Elena Gaarder

Executive Director / Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers

To work collectively to build strong stable communities by leveraging resources for the development of people and places
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Lex Horan

Solidarity Organizer / Reclaim the Block

We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments. We do not believe that increased regulation of or public engagement with the police will lead to safer communities, as community testimony and documented police conduct suggest otherwise.
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Elianne Farhat

Executive Director / TakeAction Minnesota

A multi-racial people’s organization building power for a government and economy that works for all of us
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Chloe Jackson

Advocate / Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia

Our vision is to create a housing system that works for everyone, a world in which renters direct city development
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Rose Teng

Public Policy Director / Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers

To work collectively to build strong stable communities by leveraging resources for the development of people and places

Ansha Zaman

Policy Coordinator / Center For Earth, Energy & Democracy

To ensure that communities and policy makers have the tools and information they need to create just, sustainable energy and environmental policy.
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Atum Azzahir

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Cultural Compliance Officer, Elder Consultant in African Ways of Knowing / Cultural Wellness Center

Our work at the Cultural Wellness Center is to move from race to culture. By engaging the generative practice of moving from race to culture, one engages the transformative path to becoming oneself through the lens of culture. The knowledge produced from this process creates the space for one to heal themselves and build community.
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Elliot Butay

Criminal Justice Coordinator / N.A.M.I.

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to effect positive changes in the mental health system and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.
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Vanessa Del Campo

Advocate / Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia

Our vision is to create a housing system that works for everyone, a world in which renters direct city development
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Earlsworth Letang

Market Manager / Midtown Global Market

We exist to promote the economic, social and cultural assets of Minnesota and celebrate the healthy foods, arts, crafts and other aspects of our diverse heritage
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Reginald Prince

Vice President of Operations / KWST Behavioral Development Group

Dedicated to increasing educational justice by addressing the disproportionate number of low income children and children of color receiving special education services in the Twin Cities and beyond.
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Keary Wayne Saffold, M.Ed.

Founder, CEO  /  KWST Behavioral Development Group

Dedicated to increasing educational justice by addressing the disproportionate number of low income children and children of color receiving special education services in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Sarah Washington

Co-Chair, SEAC / Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) Minneapolis Public Schools

All children, regardless of their abilities, will achieve an academic, functional and social education in the Minneapolis Public Schools from birth through transition, to maximize their life choices and opportunities.

Say Yang

Program Coordinator / Center For Earth, Energy & Democracy

To ensure that communities and policy makers have the tools and information they need to create just, sustainable energy and environmental policy.
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YOUTH CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR / Climate Generation

Empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change