Who We Are

We believe…

Families are the heart of Minnesota communities and are the key indicator of wellbeing in our state.

Sustainable access to food is not only a right but also imperative for health and well-being.

Every young person carries the capacity for “genius,” however differently abled.

Communities do not need to be “saved,” but rather require sustainable and equitable access to resources and opportunities to flourish.

Every community member is an asset and plays a critical role in the development and collaborative process of realizing the collective vision.

Racial, economic and geographic disparities in Minnesota demand meaningful action with measurable outcomes.

Youth deserve safe, nurturing spaces to grow, cultivate skills for self-actualization, and develop into 21st-century global citizens.

Our role is to operationalize equity and justice in collaboration with Minnesota communities.

GMCC must be responsive, not prescriptive and able to adapt to the ever changing landscape of circumstance, opportunity and need.

Systemic inequities should not determine a community or person’s quality of life.

Our Origin Story

GMCC (Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches) was founded in 1905 as a faith-based initiative to serve the community. For 115 years, we have fulfilled our mission of “uniting people of faith, serving people in need,” through a range of initiatives that have included advocacy and education around equity and poverty; volunteerism and service learning; mentoring and youth development; support services for seniors; hunger-relief; and bringing people together to strengthen families and communities. 

Today, GMCC embraces our origin story through an intercultural, interfaith approach that intentionally welcomes all belief communities in our work.

Present Work

GMCC is an entrepreneurial organization that partners with communities most impacted by current challenges, providing an opportunity to co-design and craft responses with local stakeholders. We bring forth an equitable structure for collaboration and power-sharing. We work with communities and in spaces where we can add value, in particular in the areas of food, youth, and well-being.

Our work is guided by the following principles:

1. Focusing on the social determinants of health and well-being

2. Supporting co-design and power-sharing within communities

3. Maintaining an asset-orientation approach

4. Centering action and impact

Future Work

Community Voice and Expertise

GMCC’s future work will be meticulously guided by communities with the intent of cultivating long-term and sustainable homegrown solutions. Instead of focusing on addressing specific, isolated issues, we will work on empowering local stakeholders and creating shared power structures. As an organization, we recognize that we do not have all the answers. We will, therefore, center lived experiences in our projects to better understand the urgency of challenges people face.

Although a lot of great work is being done in Minnesota, it continues to be siloed. An emerging priority at GMCC is to engage communities as experts to disrupt structural disparities that impede their ability to thrive, and compensate them as such. GMCC will continue to act as an infrastructure and capacity-building incubator, weaving networks and connecting local stakeholders already on the frontlines. The trust and relationships that we have built over the past 115 years will enable us to deepen our impact and expand our reach. 

“We are small, but large in heart.” – Gloria J. Lewis, retired CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters MN, and former GMCC Board Member

Our Collaborative Team

Adrienne Dorn

Executive Director
adorn@gmcc.org
612-276-1543

Reynolds-Anthony Harris

Business Architect

Megan Young

Director of Operations
myoung@gmcc.org
612-276-1548

Anesu Masakura

Resourcing Manager
amasakura@gmcc.org

Jerica Gomez

Initiative Design and Implementation
jgomez@gmcc.org

Sarah Taubner

Logistics and Data Coordinator
staubner@gmcc.org

Tanya Batalska

Finance Officer
tanya@gmcc.org

Courtney Plude

Jess Roberts

Human-Centered Design Expert

Steve Gustafson

Development Officer
sgustafson@gmcc.org
612-276-1577

Board of Directors

Bruce A. Ensrud, Board Chair

Wealth Advisor and Founding Partner
Parable Wealth Partners

 

John M. Ratelle, Treasurer

Vice President
Marsh & McLennan Companies

E. Selemon Asfaw

Chief Financial Officer
OptumHealth Care Solutions and Health Services

Henriette Ngo Bissoy

Science Teacher
L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School

Jack Duffy

Area Vice President Segment Sales Leader 
Gallagher

Don Flower

Vice President of Information Technology
Norwest Equity Partners (NEP)

Fardosa Hassan

Registered Nurse
Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital

Richard Howard

Independent Consultant/President
R.J. Howard & Associates, LLC

Dr. Nerita Hughes

Dean of Business, Technology, Career and Workforce Development
North Hennepin Community College

Rev. William B. MacLean

Associate Pastor
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

Jeff Peterson

Vice President of Marketing & Communications 
Jostens Inc.

Heather Riddle

Vice President of Advancement
Augsburg University