Board of Directors

Our outstanding board provides strategic leadership, maintains fiduciary responsibility, connects us to community resources and helps set the direction of our organization in providing career and college readiness programs.

Achieve Twin Cities board of directors members


Shamayne Braman

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Sonos

Sarah Quayle

Vice Chair
Chief People Officer, Shift Paradigm

Derek Fried

Twin Cities Business Leader


Abdul Abdi

Ex Officio
Minneapolis Board of Education

Roma Anderson Milton

Retired Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, UCare

Ling Becker

Director, Ramsey County Workforce Solutions

Elizabeth Betzler

Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

Brett Bohlander

Owner/President, Atlas Manufacturing

James Burroughs

Senior Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Children’s Minnesota

Kristina Carlson

Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel, U.S. Bank

Charles Clutter

President, Monarch Builders & Commercial Services

John Conlin

Senior Vice President, Target Properties



Laura Day

Retired Senior Advisor, Minnesota Twins

Christian Edmiston

Vice President, Procurement, Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Kiara Ellis

Community Outreach and Engagement Director, Masonic Cancer Center

Jacob Frey

Ex Officio
Mayor, City of Minneapolis

Art Gardner, Jr.

Construction Manager, Hillcrest Development, LLP.

Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou

President, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Danielle Grant

Ex Officio
President and CEO, Achieve Twin Cities

Michelle Grogg

Executive Director, The Cargill Foundation; Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainable Development, Cargill, Inc.

Muneer Karcher-Ramos

Program Director, Vibrant & Equitable Communities, McKnight Foundation

Steve Liss

Retired Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Minneapolis Public Schools

Sara Lord

Partner, Chief Auditor, RSM US LLP

Abdul Omari, Ph.D.

Founder and Principal, AMO Enterprise

Bradley Pederson

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Dr. Sandra Pulles

Vice President of Equity & Inclusion, ServeMinnesota

Caralie Roisum

Director of Marketing and Creative Services, APi Group

Mike Rosow

Partner, Maslon LLP

Amber Ruffin

Senior Health Equity Manager, NMDP

Jeff Savage

Senior Vice President, Chief Audit and Financial Services Officer, Xcel Energy


Dr. Lisa Sayles-Adams

Ex Officio
Superintendent, Minneapolis Public Schools


Mike Smoczyk

Director of Professional Development, Kraus-Anderson Companies, Inc.

Susan Soldin

Vice President Human Resources, Neuroscience Portfolio, Medtronic 

Sara Stamschror-Lott

CEO/Founder, Creative Kuponya

Tony Tolliver

Twin Cities Business Leader

Sam Walling

Partner, Jones Day

Mat Watson

Senior Vice President Finance, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, Best Buy

Chrissie Weyenberg

Director of Internal Audit, General Mills