Leadership & Board

Staff Leadership

Sophia
Sophia Lenarz-Coy
  •  she/her/hers
Executive Director
763-450-3864
Favorite Food:Pizza
Tom Mercer
  •  he/him/his
Director of Operations
763-450-3882
Favorite Food:Chili
David
David Peeples
  •  he/him/his
Director of Programs
763-450-3860
Favorite Food:Brown Rice
Emily
Emily Eddy White
  •  she/her/hers
Director of Advancement & Culture
763-450-3868
Favorite Food:Green Curry
Sadie
Sadie Yang
  •  she/her/hers
HR & DEI Manager
763-450-3860
Favorite Food:Pho
KaZoua
KaZoua Berry
  •  she/her/hers
Director of Big River Farms
651-433-3676
Favorite Food:Khaubpoob - Thai Chicken curry noodle soup
Lissa Grabowski
  •  she/her/hers
Finance Director
763-450-4206

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Keith Narr, Chair
Chief Data Officer
Cargill

Dave Schmiechen, Secretary
Vice President, Customer Experience
Andersen Corporation

Kurt Johansen, Treasurer
Vice President and Chief Counsel
Ameriprise Financial

Directors

Jennifer Marso
Vice President, Strategic Communications
Allianz Life

Daniel Tilsen
Business and Land Development Consultant

Bridget Hayden
Partner
Dorsey & Whitney

Sharmyn Phipps
SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator
Univ. Of Minnesota Extension

Courtney Hamacher
Vice President, Dairy Business Unit
General Mills

Georgi Nguyen
Director of Basic Needs
Keystone Community Services

Leah Porter
Founder of Twin Cities Mobile Market
Independent Consultant

Naima Dhore
Somali American Farmers Assoc.
Farmer/Owner, Naima’s Farm

Ramon Sorstokke
Styling Team Lead
Stitch Fix

Sarah Kinney
Policy Specialist
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

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