About

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.

Contact:

email: hello@pollenmidwest.org

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

Meet Our Staff
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    Julie Cohen
    Engagement & Advancement Director

    Contact:
    julie@pollenmidwest.org

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    Jamie Millard
    Executive Director

    Contact:
    jamie@pollenmidwest.org

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    Meghan Murphy
    Art+Story Director

    Contact:
    meghan@pollenmidwest.org

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    Mónica Nadal
    Studio Manager

    Contact:
    monica@pollenmidwest.org

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    Jerome Rankine
    Editorial Director

    Contact:
    jerome@pollenmidwest.org

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    Melanie Stovall
    Design Director

    Contact:
    melanie@pollenmidwest.org

Meet Our Board
Lolyann Connor

Lolyann Connor began her career in social services over 10 years ago. She is currently the Manager of Evaluation and Impact at Lutheran Social Service of MN. She provides leadership and helps shape strategies for program evaluation and measuring impact for LSS programs and services statewide. Lolyann lives in Como Park in St. Paul with her husband and three children (ages 6, 4, and 2).

Brooke Brown

Brooke is a SVP, Managing Director at Little & Company where she is a business-minded creative problem solver who is passionate about design, brand strategy, team building, and delivering measurable results for purpose-driven organizations. She approaches every challenge with an open mind and entrepreneurial spirit.

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.

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.

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.