Management and Structure

NAZ manages with multiple levels of leadership, including NAZ Board of Directors, collaborative partner leadership, our parent leaders, and NAZ Central leadership staff.

NAZ Leadership Staff

Sondra Samuels, President and Chief Executive Officer (biography)
Michelle Martin, Chief Operating Officer (biography)
Vanessa Abanu, Collaboration Director – Academic Success
David Devine, Senior Finance Director
Andre Dukes, Director of Curriculum and Instruction (biography)
Michelle Palo, Collaboration Director – Family Support
Alysha Price, Senior Director of Program Innovation & Strategy
Adrienne Vitt, Marketing & Communications Director

NAZ Board of Directors

Deb Burke, Senior Vice President of Government & Community Relations, U.S. Bancorp
Michael Ciresi, Founding Partner, Ciresi Conlin L.L.P.
Kim Ellison, Director, Minneapolis Public Schools
Frank Forsberg, Senior Vice President, Systems Change and Innovation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Board Chair
Karen Grabow,  Retired, Land O’Lakes
Mayor Betsy Hodges, Mayor, City of Minneapolis
David Hough, County Administrator, Hennepin County
Peter Kellenberger, Senior Vice President, Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Business Banking, Treasurer  
Karen Kelley-Ariwoola, Chief Officer of External Relations, Seed, Inc. and Harvest Network of Schools
Anne Long, Executive Director, Plymouth Christian Youth Center
Ann Masten, Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
Cora McCorvey, Executive Director and CEO, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
Patty Murphy, Community Representative
Calahena Merrick, Recruitment Programs Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Taya Morgan, Business Process Representative, CenterPoint Energy
Kim Nelson, Senior Vice President of External Relations; President, General Mills Foundation, General Mills
Michael O’Connell, Board Member and Governance Committee Chair
Art Rolnick, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Human Capital Research Collaborative, University of Minnesota
R.T. Rybak, CEO & President, Minneapolis Foundation
Chad Schwitters, Executive Director, Urban Homeworks
Brian Taylor, Founding Partner & CEO, Pine River Capital Management

Parent Advisory Board Members

Shannen Brown
Tamara Campbell
Ogi Carter
LaQuanda Childs
Ylynthia Harris
Monique Howze
Erica McMillian
Jhantaya Morgan
Danielle Scruggs
Amy Suchie
Gregory Wheeler
Angela Young

NAZ Strategic Leadership Team

*Heidi Barajas, Executive Director, University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach & Engagement Center (UROC)
*DeAnna Cummings, Executive Director, Juxtaposition Arts
*Roger Cummings, Artistic Director, Juxtaposition Arts
Ann Marie DeGroot, Executive Director, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
Pastor Alika Galloway, Pastor, Kwanzaa 21st Century Academy
Molly Greenman, President & CEO, Family Partnership
*Matt Halley, Executive Director, Cookie Cart
*Dianne Haulcy, Director of Family Engagement, Think Small
Courtney Kiernat, Executive Director of External Partnerships and Institutional Advancement, Minneapolis Public Schools
Anne Long, Executive Director, Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC)

Avelino Mills-Novoa, Interim President, Minneapolis Community Technical College (MCTC)
*Mark Sander, Senior Clinical PsychologistMinneapolis Public Schools
*Chad Schwitters, Executive Director, Urban Homeworks
*Maureen Seiwert, Executive Director of Early Childhood EducationMinneapolis Public Schools
*Stella Whitney West, CEO, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
Paul Williams, Executive Director, Project for Pride in Living
*Mike Wynne, President & CEO, Emerge

*NAZ Action Team Chair or Co-chair