Headwaters Board of Directors

  • Elianne Farhat
    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....

  • Erica Mauter
    Co-Chair

    Erica Mauter has served as the executive director of the Twin Cities Women's Choice and Twin Cities Girls' Choir. Her professional experience also includes work as a senior validation engineer for...

  • 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...

  • Avi
    Treasurer

    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...

  • Ebony Adedayo
    Board Member

    Ebony Adedayo is the founder and creator of the Kinky Curly Theological Collective, a space that centers the experience of African and African American women, grounded in healing justice,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • camille cyprian
    Board Member

    Camille Cyprian is a certified coach and equity practitioner, particularly passionate about community building, social equity, and community healing & wellbeing. Camille has been recognized as...

  • 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...

  • Alyssa Hawkins
    Board Member
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    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...

  • Arleta Little
    Board Member

    Arleta Little is an Arts Program Officer and Director of the McKnight Artist Fellowships program at the McKnight Foundation.  Prior to working in philanthropy, she served as the Executive Director...

  • 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...

  • Caitlin Schwartz
    Board Member

    Caitlin Schwartz has over 13 years of experience in community engagement and organizing in both non-profit and public organizations. Her passion is in constituent leadership and ensuring that...

  • Dameun Strange
    Board Member

    Dameun Strange is an artist, activist, and organizer. Born and raised in Washington, DC, he got his start in high school advocating for the homeless, neighborhood safety and statehood. Dameun has...

  • Pa Chua Vang
    Board Member
  • Janiece Watts
    Board Member

    Janiece joins the Headwaters board as a Giving Project cohort 2 alum and an environmental justice advocate. She has over 10 years of organizing experience in health care, food justice, zero waste...