Over more than six decades living in this place called Minneapolis, I’ve met thousands of people, but more and more I’m struck by who I DON’T know. It may seem like a small town, but our community boasts a never-ending parade of new faces and voices. And that has never been truer than today.


At The Minneapolis Foundation, we celebrate the growth and diversification of our community, which is making our collective voice so much richer and more complex.


That is why we are proud to celebrate and connect people who help make Minneapolis a vibrant place where everyone can thrive. We asked you to name leaders you think are working to make Minneapolis a more equitable community, and that you wish more people knew about, and in response, you tagged more than 150 people.









You may not know them, but they’re making their mark on Minneapolis. Pollen and The Minneapolis Foundation are Tagging the people who may not get the headlines, but are dedicated to making Minneapolis a better place for everyone. Hear from them, in their own words.

Ahmed Amin Assistant principal at Sanford Middle School Mikisha Nation Executive Director of Teach For America David Hewitt Director of the Office to End Homelessness Bill Graves President of The John and Denise Graves Family Foundation Dorthea Harris Program director for Culturally Responsive Caregiver Support and Dementia Services at Volunteers of America Rhiana Yazzie Artistic Director of New Native Theatre Fred Rose Co-founder of Acara Felicia Washington-Sy Executive Director of RECLAIM Neeraj Mehta Director of Learning at the McKnight Foundation Rodolfo Gutierrez Executive Director of HACER Danielle Mkali Community Wealth Building Director at Nexus Community Partner Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson Metropolitan Council Member for District 6, and the Communications and Advancement Officer at Youthprise
Stay tuned for more!
Stay tuned for more!
Minneapolis Foundation
The Minneapolis Foundation is a community foundation that connects people, ideas, and resources to improve lives. For more than 100 years, we have helped expand the culture of generosity, creating a platform where our donors’ giving goes further.

Through donor partnerships and competitive grants, we bring people together, inspire generosity, and invest in community to spark action on critical issues in Minneapolis and beyond. Visit minneapolisfoundation.org to learn more about how we can partner with each other.
Pollen Midwest
Pollen Midwest invests in human connection to fuel momentum for social change by mapping critical narratives, hosting events where essential conversations happen, and linking people to new professional and personal opportunities. Unbound produced by Pollen Studio, Pollen's creative agency. On this project: Manager: Mónica Nadal; Creative Director and Artist: Meghan Murphy; Editorial Director: Jerome Rankine; Client Relations: Jamie Millard.
Andrés Guzmán
Andrés hails from Lima Peru. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art + Design in 2009, he has been working as a freelance illustrator/designer in Minneapolis. His clients include MTV, Nickelodeon, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Wired magazine, Dephect clothing, Colossal Blimp, Picturemachine Productions, ditch Edit, The New Republic, Bloomberg—Business, and many independent musicians such as I Self Devine, Greg Grease, I.B.E, K.Raydio & Psymun, The Maykit, and Sloslylove.