MINN Leadership

Natasha Brownlee, President

Natasha brings a passion for inclusive, community-led program design to her work in the gender and international development field. She has a background in curriculum development, facilitation, project management and evaluation. A Minnesota native with a global perspective, Natasha has worked for girl-centered organizations and schools across five countries.

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Kayla Meyers, Vice President

Kayla is a Senior Consultant at The Improve Group, where she works with mission-driven organizations to help them navigate complexity and contribute to the common good. She has a background in international development, evaluation, and focuses on using participatory methods to engage communities in evaluation practice. In her past time, Kayla enjoys spending time by the lakes, travelling, and partnering with her husband to be great cat parents.

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Karissa Neupert, Membership Manager

Karissa started with MINN by volunteering on the Program Committee, and has returned as the Membership Manager after consulting abroad for a few years.  Karissa's background is primarily in refugee protection- both domestically and internationally.  She currently works in HR and lives in Saint Paul.  She loves connecting with folks interested in international work and loves supporting MINN.

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Liz Harder, Communications Manager

Liz joins MINN after three years of volunteering with the Summit Marketing + Communications team. Her role includes producing the biweekly newsletter and social media content, updating the website, and whatever else is needed to tell MINN's story.

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Brita Midness, Volunteer Manager

Brita enjoys building community through meaningful volunteerism. She has a background in nonprofit capacity building, community engagement and international relations. After living, working and studying internationally for many years, she is thrilled to be back in Minnesota to help build a community of global NGO practitioners. She holds a BA from Colby College (USA), a M.Litt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) and recently completed her PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews.

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Nina Nedrebø, Summit Committee Co-Chair

Nina Nedrebo has served on the MINN Summit Planning Committee since 2017. Currently, she is an MBA candidate focusing on finance and organizational strategy. Nina brings with her experience in event planning, community outreach, and social activism, and is passionate about international education policies that benefit displaced peoples.

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Rehana Kedir, Summit Committee Co-Chair

Rehana was born and raised in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. She graduated with a degree in International Business from Augsburg University and is currently working in Risk Management at US Bank. She is passionate about helping her community, especially in regards to children and women.

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Hannah Litfin, Summit Committee Co-Chair

Hannah Litfin joined the MINN Summit Planning Committee in early 2018. She is eager to learn more about the international development community and engage with other globally minded individuals. She is looking forward to working with a dedicated group of volunteers to create another thoughtful and engaging Summit in 2019.

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Kaity Berg, Program Committee Chair

Kaity has a BA in International Relations with a minor in Spanish. She spent nearly five years working in China’s school systems, immersing herself in the culture, and learning Mandarin. Kaity has also volunteered for MINN via the Summit Committee from 2017 to 2018. On any given day you can find Kaity running around the lakes or reading a good book!

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Mary Palin, Program Committee Co-Chair

Mary is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a global focus at St. Catherine University. Mary loves to travel (she’s starting 2019 in India!) and is particularly interested in returning to St. Croix USVI where she briefly studied race and culture as an undergraduate student.  

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