Aileen Rosa Sánchez is an entrepreneurial, donor-centric strategist with a successful career increasing revenue and furthering organizational missions. She currently serves as Senior Director of Philanthropy at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Children’s Home of Minnesota. Aileen graduated from New World School of the Arts, received her BA from Oberlin College and MBA from Augsburg University. Aileen was an inaugural AFP IDEA Fellow and also received the Oberlin College Community Action Fellowship, Mayo Clinic Bronze Quality Fellowship, Metro State University Community Development Careership, and Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) Next Generation Philanthropy Fellowship. She is also a certified Culturally Conscious Collaborator. Aileen is an avid volunteer, currently serving as a board member of the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) and a member of the City of Lakes Rotary in Minneapolis. She helped found LEDC and the New World School of the Arts Foundation in Miami, FL. A first-generation Cuban-American from Miami, Aileen learned English on Sesame Street. She lives with her daughter and a small menagerie of animals in North Minneapolis. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and is part of the LGBTQ+ community. Aileen enjoys spending time in community with her family, learning languages, running with her pups, making music, and participating in faith communities.
Anil considers it his life's work to ensure people have what they need to thrive. Prior to joining the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation, he consulted for various national organizations, led strategy for a corporate foundation, served as an executive director with Teach For America, and opened schools for Minneapolis Public Schools. At the Foundation, Anil serves as chief strategist for grantmaking and community impact. He will also manage relationships with the organization’s client foundations: F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation. Anil is a passionate advocate for students and works to improve opportunities for young people as a board member for the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, New Vision Foundation, World Savvy, and Achieve Twin Cities. His writing has appeared in MinnPost, the Star Tribune, the Boston Globe Magazine, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Education Week.
Lataya Allseits has worked in corporate partnership roles for five years most previously at U.S. Bank Stadium and currently at Greater Twin Cities United Way. In her present position as a Business Relationship Officer, she helps national and international companies align their Corporate Social Responsibility goals and ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) goals with community investment, volunteering, and educational opportunities within United Way’s global network. In addition, Lataya is an Executive Board Member for the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce serving as the Sponsorship Chair. Lataya has always felt a calling to help individuals in our community overcome systemic barriers and advance towards prosperity. She believes the opportunity to act on these desires alongside corporate partners leads to what really matters: diminishing disparities and changing systems.
Alfonso Wenker is a lauded movement and thought leader driven to convene, connect, and coach top executives to better align values with practice. President and Co-founder of Team Dynamics, Alfonso is focused on organizing teams to co-create new paradigms for how people can work and lead. During the historic campaign for the freedom to marry, Alfonso was recruited and served as the Deputy Finance Director for Minnesotans United for All Families. As a third generation Mexican American, queer, Christian, man living in Minneapolis, Alfonso consistently gathers and responds to communities calling for racial justice and gender liberation. Before Team Dynamics, Alfonso spent more than a decade in the field of philanthropy where he worked tirelessly to advance racial and LGBTQ justice while creating new opportunities for People of Color to break into and lead in the field. Alfonso’s work has been recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Minnesota Nonprofit Catalytic Leader, and St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Anti-Racism Awardee.