Change Agent

Jasmine Stringer

Jasmine Stringer

A former General Mills sales manager, Jasmine Stringer reinvented herself as a lifestyle contributor on WCCO-TV. Her platform preaches empowerment, but that took on new meaning in the wake of
Jack Reuler

Jack Reuler

2021: For decades, Jack Reuler has showcased actors of color and tackled social issues. But the trauma of 2020 has rejuvenated Reuler, whose Minneapolis home is 10 blocks from where
Karl Benson

Karl Benson

Karl Benson is in the business of helping other businesses, particularly Black-owned companies. And after months of nationwide tension over racial inequity, his job’s never been more important. An entrepreneur
Lauren Bennett McGinty

Lauren Bennett McGinty

Named executive director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild in 2017, Lauren Bennett McGinty has emerged as the leading voice of the state’s microbrewery scene. Her name has popped up
Sharon Kennedy Vickers

Sharon Kennedy Vickers

The official to thank for St. Paul’s new, intuitive website—“centered around the needs of residents, not departments”—is Sharon Kennedy Vickers, an information technology leader known for her people-first approach to
Tomme Beevas

Tomme Beevas

After turning his Pimento Jamaican Kitchen into a safe space for protestors during the George Floyd uprising, then into a community food bank in the days following, Tomme Beevas knew
J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican

Is there room for one more media outlet in the Twin Cities? Hell yes, says the Minnesota Reformer. The politically focused online news site launched in January and soon established
Duchesne Drew

Duchesne Drew

The longtime Twin Cities journalist landed one of the more difficult directives of 2020, changing (and healing) the culture at MPR, while rethinking its approach for a new generation of
Dr. Rahul Koranne

Dr. Rahul Koranne

Rahul Koranne approaches his work at the Minnesota Hospital Association with a mix of business acumen and sound medical knowledge. The MBA and M.D. took the reins of the organization
Rachel Hardeman

Rachel Hardeman

Rachel Hardeman has achieved national recognition for her work on racial inequities in health care. The University of Minnesota associate professor and reproductive health equity researcher has highlighted how two
Rep. Rena Moran

Rep. Rena Moran

First elected to the Minnesota House in 2010, Rep. Rena Moran has long been active in fighting for racial justice. She chairs the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus
Verna Price

Verna Price

After working as a consultant and executive coach in the Twin Cities for two decades, Verna Price looks to 2021 to change corporate cultures around race. Price, one of the
Yohuru Williams

Yohuru Williams

Slated to leave the Twin Cities for a prestigious position at St. John’s University in New York City this past June, Yohuru Williams instead decided to stay at the University
Anisa Hajimumin

Anisa Hajimumin

Among the many lessons of 2020, the importance of diversity in business has taken on new significance. DEED appointed Anisa Hajimumin to her post in June, a brand-new position at
Abdul M. Omari

Abdul M. Omari

What started as a passion project in 2013 during Abdul Omari’s doctorate work grew into what is now a thriving business. AMO Enterprise provides an educational platform for companies to
Allison O’Toole

Allison O’Toole

2021, Change Agent: The Covid-19 crisis brought with it another crisis: increased food insecurity. Under Allison O’Toole’s leadership, Brooklyn Park-based hunger relief organization Second Harvest Heartland delivered more than 75
The Ellison Family (Keith, Kim, and Jeremiah)

The Ellison Family (Keith, Kim, and Jeremiah)

Immerse yourself in any metro-area-based public policy challenge and there’s likely to be an Ellison. Keith Ellison drew the national spotlight as a congressman but returned home to become the
Kate Nordstrum

Kate Nordstrum

A nationally lauded music curator, Kate Nordstrum was a provocative hire by the Great Northern winter festival last December. She sees opportunity to turn the annual event into a national
Danielle Steer

Danielle Steer

Two years ago, Danielle Steer launched Lunar Startups in St. Paul with the goal of reducing disparities for minority entrepreneurs. Until November, the startup accelerator had been a project of
Sondra Samuels

Sondra Samuels

2021, Change Agent: Sondra Samuels and other leaders started NAZ in 2008 to address racial and educational inequity in opportunities. The organization focuses on supporting children in north Minneapolis so