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New Leaders Council

Our Board


Callie Chamberlain is committed to advancing social justice and entrepreneurship after witnessing the extreme disparities in our health and education systems. She has spent time in corporate, not-for-profit, community, philanthropic and government organizations. Currently, she is creating systems and processes that strengthen engagement and building relationships between diverse front line staff and leadership teams at the University of Minnesota. Callie holds Bachelor Degrees in Marketing Management and Business Communications. She obtained her Master in Public Administration as a member of the country’s top leadership development program for change agents, the National Urban Fellows. She is excited to tap her experience as a 2014 New Leaders Council-New Jersey Fellow to launch the Twin Cities chapter and mobilize the next generation of leaders.



Madaline Edison is the founding Executive Director of Educators 4 Excellence - Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that ensures educators have a meaningful voice in policy change through grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts. While teaching first grade in St. Paul, Madaline helped to start the local chapter of E4E alongside a group of progressive educators. She lives with her family in South Minneapolis, where she volunteers in other community engagement efforts such as serving on charter school boards, working on progressive electoral campaigns, and serving on the founding executive board of New Leaders Council - Twin Cities. 



Victor has dual degrees in Political Science and Psychology from Drake University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is currently the Director of Education Policy at Generation Next He brings experience in economics, strategic planning and local policy as well as analytic and data analysis skills. He is passionate about providing opportunities to disadvantaged students and has experience working with High School students as both a debate coach and a college admission counselor. He has also planned multiple conferences to help college students prepare for, apply to, and finance graduate school. 



Ron is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth with degrees in Political Science and Economics. He is currently employed at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change doing leading their policy and coalition work. He is extremely passionate about electoral politics, community building, leadership development, and socially responsible business. He also enjoys public speaking and has delivered numerous keynote speeches for multiple events. Ron also serves as the Treasurer for the Minnesota Democratic Party where he works hard to advance Minnesota as a progressive state.


Dan Nelson is a non-profit founder and development professional passionate about education, racial equity and cultivating inclusive communities. He is currently the Managing Director of Development for Educators 4 Excellence-Minnesota. Having grown up in the Twin Cities, he came to see incredible disparities in his home community while living and working in North Minneapolis. As a community activist Dan has worked to support movements to end disparities in education, criminal justice, LGBTQ rights and economic opportunity. He is incredibly excited about New Leaders Council – Twin Cities, because its fellows will be catalysts for lasting systemic change that advances equity in the Twin Cities and beyond.









Amanda Koonjbeharry is an Indo-Guyanese American woman of color. Her family originates from Guyana, South America and she is a first generation person to be born in the United States. Amanda has a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Social Science, a Master’s of Social Work (MSW), and a Master’s of Public Policy (MPP) all from the University of Minnesota. Amanda currently works as an Administrative Manager at Hennepin County coordinating efforts to end the sexual exploitation of youth. Amanda is also the co-founder and chair of the People of Color Employee Resource Group at Hennepin County. A word from Amanda: I want to share my experience as a New Leaders Council fellow with you. Almost a year ago I submitted my application to a program I wasn’t very familiar with. I wasn’t sure what to expect and honestly I didn’t know if I was prepared for this new experience. Upon arriving to the welcome happy hour, I was apprehensive about who would be there, what their experiences were, and why they were in the program. After chatting with some of the fellows, I realized that the room was filled with talented and passionate young professionals. As the months progressed I started to feel “at home” with everyone in the program. We’ve had incredible experiences together, many fun and some challenging. Through all of those experiences I learned something new about myself, and I was able to find my own voice and my own courage to speak out and speak up for the things that I thought were unjust and inequitable. I have been able to cultivate a level of courage and confidence that I did not have prior to this program, and I am so grateful for the deep and long-lasting connections that I’ve made with so many incredible people.










Originally from Minnesota, Trish Welte has worked for national labor, pro-choice, advocacy, and electoral campaigns in more than 25 states across the country.

She most recently served as the Federal PAC consultant to womenwinning. Previously she served as senior campaign staff at the National Education Association (NEA) where she advised state affiliate leadership on running strategic and data-driven state and federal political and legislative programs.

Prior to the NEA, Trish supported state legislative campaigns for the national AFL-CIO, served as political director at NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, ran voter protection efforts for America Coming Together-Wisconsin, and worked to elect candidates running for office around the country. Trish began her career managing a state senate race in Minnesota.

Trish also serves on womenwinning’s LAUNCH committee.

She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Morris.









Kadence Hampton is an urban planner passionate about creative community engagement, sustainable design, regional equity, and inclusive bicycle initiatives. Holding a masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Kadence has worked on transportation, transit, and planning projects throughout Minnesota in the non-profit, private, and public sectors.  Kadence is excited to recruit diverse fellows from across the region whom are committed to positively contributing to the livability of their communities. In addition to professional activities, Kadence bicycle commutes year-round and races cyclocross for All-City X Fulton Racing as well as serving as a board member for the Minnesota Cycling Federation.

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