Pollen invests in human connection to fuel momentum for social change. 

fist-bumpFounded in the belief that change comes from being in deeper connection with a robust and diverse network of humans, we share stories of individuals that reveal how interconnected we truly are, we host events where essential conversations happen, and we link people to personal and professional opportunities. Started in 2009 by Lars Leafblad to take professional community building to a new level, Pollen uses moments of connection and visceral storytelling to inspire and grow ideas. We transform complex, world-changing ideas into visuals and narratives with custom art, graphic design, and the principles of good storytelling — creating accessible, shareable content that inspires action. We serve and engage a network of 10,000+ Pollenites who work to make a positive impact in their community, who network with a purpose, who tackle thorny issues, and who embrace their civic responsibility.


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address: 701 N. 3rd St., Suite 204, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Board
Daniel Bergin

Daniel Pierce Bergin is a Senior Producer & Partnership Manager for Twin Cities PBS. An award-winning media maker and storyteller, he has served as a director on the boards of several community media organizations. Daniel has also been recognized as a MN State Arts Board Fellow, a City Pages Artist of the Year, and a Bush Leadership Fellow.

Beverly Bushyhead

Beverly is a Loan Officer & Financial Specialist with Propel Nonprofits. She also serves on the Urban Indian Advisory Board and the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council, is a coach for the Neighborhood Leadership Program at Wilder Center and the Minnesota Tribal Youth Gathering Planning Team, and is a trained Racial Justice Facilitator.

Reba Dominski

Reba is the President and Chief Social Responsibility Officer of the U.S. Bank Foundation. She was previously with Target Corporation for 21 years serving in a variety of roles. Reba commits her time to several nonprofits including Generation Next, Super Bowl 52 Legacy Fund, Perpich Arts High School, and Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Lars Leafblad

Lars is co-founder of Ballinger | Leafblad, a St. Paul-based executive search firm serving civic clients. He formerly led the Bush Fellowship program at the Bush Foundation and has also worked at GE Capital, Four51.com, St. Olaf College and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Dana Nelson

Currently leading Community Partnerships for the Super Bowl LII Host Committee, Dana likes all things sports and Minnesota. Dana's résumé includes previously leading GiveMN, productive stints at Target, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Sun Country Airlines.

Mariah Owens

Mariah has more than 15 years experience developing top-notch communications and internal marketing for mid-large size organizations. She is the owner of MCO Communications which provides strategic, high-value communication services. Mariah is also a board member of Minneapolis Urban League.

Jonathan Weinhagen

Jonathan Weinhagen is the President and CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Mounds View School Board, as well as various other nonprofit boards and committee roles.

Alfonso Wenker

Alfonso Wenker is a nerd about all things philanthropy, facilitation, and movement building. He is Vice President at the Minnesota Council on Foundations. His previous work includes positions with Bush Foundation, Minnesotans United for All Families, and PFund Foundation.