Change Agent

Candace Lund

Candace Lund

A former Minnesota AFL-CIO organizing director, Candace Lund leads a NewsGuild union local that includes Star Tribune and Pioneer Press journalists. It represents more than 500, with the majority involved
Seena Hodges

Seena Hodges

Before founding the Minneapolis-based anti-racism training consultancy The Woke Coach in 2018, Seena Hodges worked in the arts, first in New York on Broadway, then for the Guthrie Theatre, Theater
Bukata Hayes

Bukata Hayes

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota declared racism a public health crisis and began tackling it as such. Last March, the Eagan-based insurer
Tonya Jackman Hampton

Tonya Jackman Hampton

In times of crisis, the pull of community can be powerful. “When George Floyd was murdered, it reminded me the reason I needed to be here,” says Tonya Jackman Hampton.
Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson

Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson

Having cooked in many kitchens around the Twin Cities, Sean Sherman, who is Oglala Lakota, was surprised when the modern culinary and locavore movements didn’t seem to include indigenous foods.
LeAnn Littlewolf

LeAnn Littlewolf

LeAnn Littlewolf, a member of the Gaa-zagaskwaajimekaag (Leech Lake) Band of Ojibwe, has spent her nearly three-decade career working to “create greater opportunities for people who don’t have resources.” In
Donzel Leggett

Donzel Leggett

Whether he’s tackling global supply chain backlogs or worker shortages, it “all comes down to people,” Donzel Leggett says. “Without people, our supply chains don’t work.” Originally from Key West,
Lousene Hoppe

Lousene Hoppe

After studying classics and religion at St. Olaf College, Lousene Hoppe earned a master’s from Luther Seminary before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006. At Minneapolis-based
Ann Anaya

Ann Anaya

Ann Anaya served as an assistant U.S. attorney for 11 years before joining 3M in 2013. As a change agent, she takes the following approach to make progress on diversity:
Reba Dominski

Reba Dominski

In her dual roles with U.S. Bank and the bank’s nonprofit arm, Reba Dominski is at the forefront of the organization’s environmental, social, and governance initiatives—a wide-ranging group of efforts
Torrie Allen

Torrie Allen

Torrie Allen became president and CEO of Arts Midwest in 2019, just in time for the pandemic to hit the fragile arts community. Before pursuing arts leadership, Allen enjoyed an
Houston White

Houston White

He’s long advocated investment in Black businesses over charities, and now serial entrepreneur Houston White gets to show off what happens when U.S. Bank, Target, and others bet on you.
Dionne Gumbs

Dionne Gumbs

Minority small business owners face extensive barriers, such as limited access to capital, networks, and business development, that make it difficult for their startups to survive. These challenges are what
Joy Marsh

Joy Marsh

Joy Marsh accepted her new role with Minneapolis-based UCare after working for the City of Minneapolis for six years as director of race and equity. “My top priorities include working
Tru Pettigrew

Tru Pettigrew

Leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for a professional sports organization demands a utility player with the trust and respect of high-profile athletes and the relationships to make an impact
Brad Lane

Brad Lane

The Good Neighbor has watched its audience steadily erode for decades, to the point that it's now basically a niche talk radio station in the local market, with a graying
Nonoko Sato

Nonoko Sato

Nonoko Sato took over the St. Paul-based Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) in August, having served as associate director since 2018. MCN’s membership of more than 2,000 nonprofits gives it
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