About

Pollen helps people break down barriers to build better connected communities.

fist-bumpFounded in the belief that connecting is about more than exchanging business cards, we share the stories behind individuals, we turn opportunities into realities, and we champion getting off the couch to learn about the world. 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 engage our readers, members, and followers in new and exciting ways that propel interest and content sharability. On an ongoing basis, Pollen now reaches more than 10,000 actively engaged civic-connectors, entrepreneurs, community-builders, and up-to-somethingers.

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Contact:

email: [email protected]

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

Meet Our Staff
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    Mónica Nadal
    Communications and Engagement Coordinator

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    Julie Cohen
    Director of Communications & Engagement

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    Jamie Millard
    Executive Director

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    Meghan Murphy
    Creative Director

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    Dr. Diane Fittipaldi
    Associate Director

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    Vilay Dethluxay
    Event Designer

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Meet Our Board
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.

D.A. Bullock

D.A. Bullock has been an award-winning cinematographer, writer and director for over 15 years. In 2011, he founded Bully Creative Shop in Minneapolis. D.A. was also named a 2014 McKnight Foundation / IFP Minnesota Media Arts Fellow.

Zachary Packineau

Zach's professional background spans many sectors but has a core theme in social justice advocacy to improve our region. An alumnus of the Midwest Academy of Organizing for Social Change, the Social Justice Training Institute, and Camp Wellstone, he has worked on two incredibly successful ballot measure campaigns in North Dakota.

Megan Laudenschlager

Megan is the executive director at Strengthen ND. As a 2014 Bush Fellow, Megan is passionate about learning strategies to facilitate the generational leadership transition with Millennials, community engagement, and nonprofit capacity building and advocacy.

Alfonso Wenker

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

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.

Dania Toscano Miwa

Dania Toscano Miwa is the managing principal and co-founder of Toscano Advisors, a consulting agency working with nonprofit organizations nationally. She specializes in strategic planning, fundraising strategy, and board governance.

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.