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.

Contact:

email: [email protected]

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

Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Board
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.

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.