Sterling Speirn is president and CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in Battle Creek, Michigan. One of the largest private foundations in the U.S., WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. Since joining WKKF in 2006, Speirn has led the organization's integration of three core program areas (education and learning; food, health and well-being; and family economic security) while emphasizing racial equity and civic and community engagement as core. In 2010 under Speirn's leadership, WKKF launched America Healing, a five-year, $75 million initiative to support programs that promote racial healing and address racial inequity, with the goal to support and empower communities to dismantle structures that limit opportunity. Before joining WKKF, Speirn was president of Silicon Valley's Peninsula Community Foundation, where he led asset growth from $60 million to $600 million.
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David Cournoyer consults on issues of communications, facilitation, leadership and organizational development. His clients include local and national nonprofit, philanthropic, tribal and state government entities. He has more than 15 years of experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector through work at national foundations and nonprofit organizations. David is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He serves on the boards of the First Peoples Fund and Native Youth Leadership Alliance, as well as on the Minnesota Early Learning Council.
Laura Bloomberg is associate dean and faculty member at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She teaches courses on leadership, management and program evaluation, and was executive director of the university's Center for Integrative Leadership. Bloomberg's most recent research and policy work has focused on community cross-sector leadership, youth development, cross-cultural dialogue and educational policy. She has worked extensively with public-private partnerships to design leadership models that support healthy community development.
Trista Harris is president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), a vibrant community of grantmakers who award almost $1 billion annually. Prior to joining MCF in August, Harris was executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice in Minneapolis, and she previously served as program officer at The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation (now Minnesota Philanthropy Partners).
Harris earned her master’s of public policy degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and her bachelor of arts from Howard University, Washington, DC.
Harris is a passionate national advocate for new leaders in the independent sector, and she currently chairs the national board of advisors of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). Harris strives to promote best practices in grantmaking that build capacity of nonprofits while creating measurable social change in the community.
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