Nicholas Hayen, President
Nicholas is currently a Global Program Manager for United Language Group, a language translation company. He has an academic background in the modern Middle East, International Relations, and American Foreign Policy. He brings a passion for educating Americans about global affairs and his blog and podcast series, The Orientalist Express, simplifies current events to make foreign policy easier to understand for the everyday person.
Kyla Rathjen, Vice-President
Kyla is a local and international nonprofit professional, passionate about challenging broken aid systems and championing community-led development. She was most recently the Management and Inclusion Lead for Mama Hope’s Global Advocate Program, which trains a generation of social change workers globally to become ambassadors for and practitioners of community-led development and ethical media. Kyla has a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
Libby Baur, Membership Manager
Libby Baur is a nonprofit communications specialist and works in donor relations and fundraising for a local university. She enjoys building warm connections with individuals and organizations, and hopes to be a helpful resource for MINN's membership of experienced international practitioners, students and early career talent. Libby has a BA in History and MS in Organizational Leadership and was drawn to the MINN community because of her globally focused education and volunteerism.
Katie Koranda, Communications Manager
Katie Koranda is a storyteller, writer and photographer with a passion for ethical storytelling. She manages multiple communications projects and work with a team to grow MINN's audience, promote its work and amplify the voices of other international organizations and communities within Minnesota. She also serves on MINN's Anti-Racism Task Force to work toward decolonizing development both within the organization and in Minnesota's international NGO community. Katie has worked at two of the nation’s top public radio stations, newspapers, a global nonprofit and Fortune 100 companies and holds an MA in Journalism from Columbia College.
Bridgette Springer, Program Manager
Bridgette is currently a graduate student in international educational development at the University of Pennsylvania. She brings to MINN five years of experience in program management, communications, and teaching with a regional focus on Latin America. As a Minnesota native, Bridgette is looking forward to deepening her engagement with the INGO community.
Nancy Silva, Summit Co-Chair
Nancy is an analyst with MMCAP Infuse, her focus is in data reporting and website development. She attended St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and has a background in public health. Most of Nancy's experience is in addressing and understanding socioeconomic inequalities and pushing efforts to reduce gaps in socioeconomic status.
Gary Ly, Summit Co-Chair
A recent graduate of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Gary is passionate about international development, particularly public health and food injustice. Gary has worked with the Rainforest Alliance in Guatemala to create a client-facing website meant to sell non-timber forest products to potential buyers from around the world. He spent several years training youth and adults on resume writing, networking, and computer skills for roles in the public sector. Working with communities abroad is a passion for Gary, who has been blessed to spend time as an English teacher in northern Thailand and rural Colombia as an English instructor at a vocational trade school. He hopes to work with an NGO to bring communities together.
Meghna Subba, Events Co-Chair
Meghna is Communication and Evaluation Specialist in PACT for Families Collaborative. She graduated with Masters of Development Practice (MDP) with a minor in Evaluation from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the University of Minnesota in 2021. She also has a Masters in Communication (Symbiosis International University, India) and an MBA (Kathmandu University, Nepal). Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Meghna has worked in the international development sector for five years focusing on inclusive economic development, development communication, natural resource management, and result-based monitoring and evaluation. She has extensive experience in inclusive economic development programs focused on rural development and value chain development. Previously, she worked as a Program Evaluation Assistant in PACT supporting in designing and implementing Community Readiness Assessment under Partners For Success program.
Jennifer Bubke, Fellows Co-Chair
Jennifer Bubke is a Grants Analyst with Alight. She has over eight years of experience in international development, including migration development and grants management. After living and working in Pakistan for two years, she returned to Minnesota and now lives in St. Paul. Jennifer has a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies and a M.A. in International Relations with a focus on International Organizations and International Development.