Community Experience

I’ve served on Brooklyn Park’s advisory commission since 2016, and currently serve as Vice Chair. I provide financial insight to the Osseo School District as a member of its Financial Planning committee. 

I have been a volunteer organizer for “Safe Summer Nights” in Brooklyn Park, an event that brings retired police officers, community and current police together to build relationships and enjoy good food together in an outdoor setting.

In addition to my work in Brooklyn Park, I have been an active volunteer throughout MN. I was appointed by Melvin Carter to the “Community First” Public Safety Commission of Saint Paul, where we strategized for better community relations and increased public safety and effectiveness in policing.

Professional Experience

Professionally, from 2004 – 2020 I worked with the Neighborhood Development Center, St. Paul, an organization dedicated to entrepreneurship, innovative small businesses, and strategic development.

While there, I worked with the team that was the driving force behind the Midtown Global Market and Mercado Central. As CFO of this organization, I was a finalist for CFO of the year by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

I oversaw the accounting department, Information Technology and property asset management team. Our mission was to leveraging an annual budget of over $30 Million into smart, strategic entrepreneurial development for the future.

Prior to my work at the NDC, I worked as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, a Finance Director at a relief agency serving West Africa, and as the Ministry of Finance in Oromo, Ethiopia. I believe my  global perspective is an asset to all long-range and strategic planning.

Awards

CFO of the Year, Finalist, Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal, 2010

 

Aspen Institute Fellow, Emerging Leaders in Microbusiness (ELM2), 2015 – 2016

 

Appreciation Award – for creating a dynamic public market in local economies opportunity, 2003 – 2006, Midtown Global Market Team members.

 

Commitment to Leadership Award. In recognition of outstanding commitment to the community involvement, November 18, 2006, Family and Children Service, Minnesota

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