Dave worked for the DuPont and 3M Companies for a combined total of 31 years; most of his experience involved chemical and drug safety, and pharmaceutical R&D. He has extensive organization and project management experience. Dave is a graduate of St. Olaf College (BA) and the University of Wisconsin - Madison (PhD). He was chair of the Daily Work Board of Directors most of the time from when it became a nonprofit in 2006 until 2016; he joined the board again in 2020. Dave lives with wife in Mendota Heights, MN.
Steve is a Senior Attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, where he works on a variety of matters aimed at protecting and advancing the rights of low-income individuals and families in the areas of employment and public assistance. Prior to his work with SMRLS, Steve was an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition in Washington, D.C., where he provided pro bono removal defense and advocated on conditions of confinement for immigration detainees, and he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joan N. Ericksen in the United States District Court in Minneapolis. Steve is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of Michigan.
Mari Jo Long
Mari Jo leads a team of Youth Program Coordinators who plan and facilitate youth programs in North and South Minneapolis. She works with staff to guide service delivery, data collection, budget, and coordination with internal and community partners. With the team, she evaluates critical program components and uses the data to continually improve programs. Also, Mari Jo actively participates in cross sector collective impact initiatives to address the achievement gap.
Lynda is an IT professional with experience across multiple industries including manufacturing, financial services, medical devices, news and media, mergers and acquisitions, contact center, technology service providers and retail. Currently she is a Senior Director with Best Buy in their Digital & Technology division. Her passion for our local communities is demonstrated through engagement with education and employment-based non-profits over many years in volunteer, committee and board membership roles. Lynda is currently finishing her business and private pilot education curriculums and splits residence between St. Paul and the North Shore of Superior.
A graduate of Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Jennifer Schneider is a deacon rostered in the ELCA. She serves as Associate Minister of Outreach and Evangelism at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in east St. Paul. For the past 15 years, she has worked in the non-profit sector in communications, management, and volunteer relations. Jennifer is married and has 2 kids. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, being crafty, and being outdoors.
Abera immigrated from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2011. He studied accounting for two years at Addis Ababa University College of commerce. He is a father of three and lives with his wife and kids in Saint Paul, MN. Abera currently works at Seagate, one of the top technology leading companies in the country as a machine operator and also works part-time at the MSP airport as a customer service agent. He likes working with people and the community. Abera has organized his fellow airport workers to form a labor union and helped to change the state minimum wage at the airport as well. In his spare time Abera likes to admire nature and take walks through forests.
Marie has over 17 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) field. She is currently working for Optum Healthcare on their IT Mergers & Acquisition team. Prior to working with Optum, Marie held positions with Travelers Insurance and Ecolab. Marie was born and raised in Minnesota. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and her Master’s in Business Administration from the College of St. Scholastica. She is currently pursuing a degree in Global Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Marie lives in Lino Lakes with her husband and daughter.
Matt has been consulting with qualified retirement plans since 2004 and currently works for SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners as a CEFEX Certified Retirement Plan Consultant. Prior to joining SevenHills Cleveland, he was a Retirement Plan Consultant for Securian Financial Group covering the Midwest and Mountain regions. Matt received his Finance and Economics degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Originally from Thief River Falls MN, he currently lives in Mendota Heights with his wife and young son.