Nicholas Hayen, President
Nicholas is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Global Minnesota, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to advancing Minnesota's international understanding and engagement. He is also a member of the Minnesota Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, which is dedicated to the importance of American global leadership in world affairs and advocates for strengthening America's diplomatic and development tools. 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.
Tyler Vogel, Vice-President
Tyler is passionate about the way sustainable development and social entrepreneurship can be used to drive innovation for the INGO industry. He lives out this passion through his current role as Impact Program Manager at Community Reinvestment Fund, a national nonprofit that works to address social and economic inequity through financial solutions. Prior to joining CRF, Tyler’s work was primarily focused on sustainability and social impact. His work as a social entrepreneur enabled him to pursue social impact fellowships domestically and in the Czech Republic. Since 2014, Tyler has directed Wings of the Night, a social venture in Loreto, Peru supporting culturally and environmentally sustainable malaria prevention strategies with Maijuna leaders. Tyler received his Master of Development Practice (MDP) from the Humphrey School at the University or Minnesota and a B.A. in Biology from Wartburg College.
Jasara Rosendahl, Membership Manager
Jasara Rosendahl is a volunteer and program manager who has worked over the past 9 years for nonprofit organizations based in Minnesota, Montana as well as in Tanzania. Currently, she works as the Volunteer Manager for Special Olympics Minnesota and looks forward to welcoming MINN members who are new, as well as supporting those who have a long history with the organization. She is passionate about challenging and rebuilding traditional frameworks and processes around volunteerism both domestically and abroad. She has a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University in Community Health.
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 Springer is a Regional Program Officer for the English Access Microscholarship Program at FHI 360. She has six years of international development experience in program management, communications, and teaching. Originally from Minnesota, MINN serves as a way for her to stay connected with the international NGO community there. Bridgette holds an M.S.Ed. in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rhiannon Williams, Volunteer Manager
Rhiannon is re-joining MINN as the new Volunteer Manager. She has her PhD in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and currently works in the Graduate School at the University of Minnesota. Rhiannon’s main research interests are around engaging diversity and intercultural perspectives across higher education sites of practice, children’s rights, early childhood education (both domestic and international), and access and equity in education (K-12, & Higher Education). Outside of the academic arena Rhiannon enjoys her little guy Ellis (who you probably will meet on a meeting), rowing, biking, cross-country skiing and gardening. Rhiannon has been a volunteer with MINN before, back when the ‘education’ committee used to meet at Seward Coop and in-person. She is super excited to be back in a slightly different capacity as Volunteer Manager.
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.
Chou Moua, Fellows Co-Chair
Chou is currently a Human Rights Investigator for the City of Saint Paul. He graduated with a Masters of Development Practice (MDP) from Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He has over 10 years experience working in local communities and is passionate in culturally responsive approaches in evaluation and international development.