Headwaters Board of Directors

  • Jessica Schaeppi
    Co-Chair

    Jessica Warren Schaeppi is a passionate advocate for social justice and education causes.  She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Naomi and Martin Warren Family Foundation, a Houston...

  • Co-Chair

    Raised in a diverse working-class family in Northeast Minneapolis, Elianne got her first taste of organizing as a high school Junior when she joined the Sweatfree Minneapolis Schools Campaign....

  • Treasurer

    Jeffrey Weiss has served on the Headwaters investment committee since 2014. He currently works in investment banking at Piper Jaffrey; prior to that, he worked as a consultant for nonprofit...

  • Mala Thao
    Secretary

    Mala is a Partner Relations Officer at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.  She loves working with donors and their families on their family philanthropy.  Prior, she enjoyed fundraising at American...

  • Chad
    Board Member

    Chad brings a passion for social justice born by his unique personal experience and history.  Chad has had an interesting journey being born on the Leech Lake Reservation, spending formative years...

  • Eartha Bell
    Board Member

    Eartha holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College. Eartha is the Founding Executive Director of Frogtown Farm....

  • Coco
    Board Member

    Coco has been involved with Headwaters since 2013 first as a member of grants committee members and now on the core team of community conversation.  Coco has the deep desire to address injustices...

  • TC
    Board Member

    TC has spent much of his career as in-betweenie – working at the liaison between National organizations and their grassroots networks – in both a technical assistance capacity and a policy and...

  • Board Member

    Muneer first interacted with Headwaters when he participated in the Social Justice Leadership Institute in 2011. He is currently the Director of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, where he works...

  • Fatima Moore
    Board Member

    Fatima is a first-generation immigrant woman, of multi-racial identity who has lived outside of and within the United States, she has encountered varying forms of injustices.  These injustices...

  • Jim Rustad
    Board Member

    Several years ago, Jim retired from a career which included practicing law, being a financial services advisor, and college teaching.  He is a long-time supporter of Headwaters, and a former or...

  • Caitlin Schwartz
    Board Member

    Caitlin has spent a decade as community organizer and has been involved with Headwaters grantmaking and 1st cohort of our Giving Project. Caitlin want to challenge herself and her leadership by...

  • Elizabeth Scott
    Board Member

    Elizabeth has a background in evaluation, assessment, and research. She most recently has been working as a consultant with community-based organizations and research firms. Her passion is in...

  • Board Member

    Dameun Strange is a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow and part of the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Team. He is also an artist, activist and organizer. Born and raised in Washington, DC,...

  • Avi
    Board Member

    Avi's passion for social justice comes in the form of community engagement. In his youth, he often felt left out of decisions being made in the community. As he grew, he saw more and more examples...