Me, between two ferns

Me, between two ferns


Director of Strategic Initiatives & Growth
HandsOn Twin Cities
June 2019 - present

West Coast Employee Engagement Manager (Contract)
April 2019 - June 2019

Founder & Director
Impact Day MSP
May 2018 - present

Owner & Social Impact Consultant
Rauth VanWagner LLC
Nov 2017 - present

Director of Program Design
Taproot Foundation
June 2017 - Oct 2017

National Director of Program Delivery
Taproot Foundation
Jul 2016 - May 2017

Sr. Program Manager
Taproot Foundation
Apr 2013 - Jul 2016

Development Associate
Taproot Foundation
Jan 2012 - Mar2013

Apprenticeship Support Intern
Oct 2011 - Dec 2011

Program Associate
Jul 2010 - Aug 2011

Volunteer Coordinator Intern
People Serving People
Mar 2010 - Jun 2010

MOMO Restaurant, Amsterdam
Jan 2009 - Jul 2009

Office Coordinator | Personal Care Attendant
FahrenHEIGHT365 [now defunct]
Oct 2007 - Dec 2008

Volunteer Experience

Pro bono consulting

Friends of the Urban Forest

Apprenticeship Support Intern

Volunteer Coordinator Intern
People Serving People   

Support Service Volunteer
HealthEast - Woodwinds Health Campus


B.A. | Double Major: Psychology; Family Social Science
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • Awarded "National Scholarship" in academics

  • National Honor Society

  • Dean's List

Thesis: The Psychology of Design in Healthcare Facilities: A focus on evidence-based design and prognosis outcomes

California State University, East Bay

  • Continuing  Education: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations |  EXSP 8122/PUAD 7703

Career Highlights

At 18, I left Omaha, Nebraska for the big city: Minneapolis. Ok, well, it seemed big at the time. I studied psychology & family social science and wrote my senior thesis on how evidence-based interior design of healthcare facilities improves patient outcomes (it does and it's remarkable). Little did I know at the time, I would end up spending two full months in a newly redesigned hospital as a patient myself, so the research and efforts in the evidence-based design field still mean a whole lot to me. Upon graduating college early, I knew I didn't want to be a psychiatrist but wasn't sure how I wanted to help people so I definitely didn't run away from making a decision by moving to Amsterdam. I landed a serving job (with salaried pay, benefits, and 28-days paid vacation, America) at Restaurant MOMO and enjoyed a very Dutch life, eating gouda daily and biking my "omafiets" ("granny bike") across the canals. Before moving back to the States, I backpacked for two months throughout Scandinavia and Europe. I came back to Minneapolis revitalized and with a literal and figurative new view of the world and found a very fitting job at a small organization with a mission to prepare high school students with business, career, and financial literacy skills (because, upon aforementioned reflection, I could've used those skills myself!) thus launching my career in the nonprofit and social impact sector.

In 2011, I moved from the "North Coast" to the West Coast and was thrilled to accept a role at the Taproot Foundation in San Francisco which drives social change by leading, mobilizing, and engaging professionals in pro bono service. I began my work there in fundraising, business development, and communications. I transitioned to the program delivery team and, for years, directly worked with hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes and every issue area through multiple programs. When Taproot went through a pivotal change and restructured the entire organization, I was promoted to head up the whole Program team as the National Director of Program Delivery, managing a team and owning the strategy, goals, and budget for all five cities. Additionally, I took the lead in designing a new program soup-to-nuts which ultimately completely transformed how Taproot now supports nonprofits.

Since 2017, I’ve put on my consulting hat and have worked with some remarkable nonprofits and mission-driven startups across the country. My projects have ranged from sponsor recruitment, program development, and volunteer management at Hack the Gap, a hackathon solely for females and non-binary individuals in tech, to fine-tuning the fundraising strategy for a small environmental organization serving the island’s farmers in Kaua’i, to leading the discovery and design of a new way to deliver pro bono volunteerism at HandsOn Twin Cities, to bolstering social impact and DEI efforts for Twin Cities Startup Week. Additionally, I worked within the Employee Engagement team, leading volunteerism for west coast employees, at Aside from my consulting work, I'm the chair of a board, I'm a founding member of an all-women co-working & collaboration space, and I launched a cross-sector workshop for nonprofits and tech professionals with a focus on gender and racial equity. (You can learn more about Impact Day here.)

As of June 2019, I’m excited to have the opportunity to expand on my consulting work with HandsOn Twin Cities by joining them as the Director of Strategic Initiatives & Growth where I’ll be continuing to design, develop, and now implement their pro bono programs within corporations to benefit all our local nonprofits.

Oh, and I’ve squeezed in a couple special projects along the way - Lewis Hayes (2015) and Ren Marais (2019) . It’ll take me a few more decades to be able to provide any expert consulting on parenting, though ;)


Board Service

Board Chair & Committee Oversight of Fundraising Committee and Business Model Committee
Everyday Miracles
April 2018 - Present

The mission of Everyday Miracles is to improve birth outcomes and reduce health disparities by providing evidence-based education, compassionate and culturally aware support and a nonjudgmental, caring community.

Everyday Miracles was founded in 2003 by Debby Prudhomme and Mary Williams—built on their beliefs that every woman has a right to evidence-based prenatal care; that every woman should be empowered, supported and celebrated during pregnancy, birth and postpartum—regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status.


Strengths & Skills

  • Skills

    • Program Design

    • Team Leadership

    • Strategic Planning

    • Pro Bono/Skills-Based Volunteerism

    • Cross-Sector Collaboration

    • Scoping

    • Fundraising/Business Development

    • Volunteer Management

    • Corporate Social Responsibility

    • Project Management

    • Event Management & Facilitation

    • Public Speaking

  • MBTI Type:

    • INFP (though I have everyone fooled that I'm an ENTP)

  • Strengthsfinder:

    • Individualization | Ideation | Futuristic | Includer | Achiever

  • 5 Dynamics:

    • Extreme Explore | Deliberate Excite | Effortless Examine | Effortless Execute