Who We Are

We believe…

Families are the heart of Minnesota communities and are the key indicator of well-being in our state.

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

Every young person carries the capacity for “genius.”

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. Focus on action

 

2. Supporting co-design and power-sharing with community

3. Maintain an asset-orientation approach

4. Focus on the social determinants of health & well-being

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

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

Anesu Masakura

Resourcing Manager
amasakura@gmcc.org
612-276-1525

Ameen Hassan

Initiative Logistics Manager
ahassan@gmcc.org
612-276-1558

Steve Gustafson

Facilities Manager & Development Specialist
sgustafson@gmcc.org
612-276-1577

Nafisa Mohamed 

Subject Matter Expert & Peer Recovery Specialist
nmohamed@gmcc.org

Hibat Sharif

Subject Matter Expert & Peer Recovery Specialist

Len Sanqui

Initiative Logistics & Resourcing Coordinator
Community Engagement Fellow at Move for America, an Americorps VISTA Member
lsanqui@gmcc.org 
612-276-1568

Tanya Batalska

Finance Director
tanya@gmcc.org
612-276-1501

Courtney Plude

Bookkeeper
cplude@gmcc.org

Board of Directors

Bruce A. Ensrud
Board Chair

Wealth Advisor and Founding Partner
Parable Wealth Partners

 

Erin Rupp
Vice Chair

Executive Director
Pollinate Minnesota

Dr. Nerita Hughes
Vice Chair

Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean-School of Business, Careers, Education & Workforce
North Hennepin Community College 

Jack Duffy
Treasurer

Area Senior Vice President, Segment Sales Leader 
Gallagher

Stephan Quie
Secretary

Founder
Honesty Oath Party

Don Flower

Director of Information Technology
The Wilder Foundation
Indigenous Community Leader

Ron Harris

Chief Resilience Officer
City of Minneapolis

Henriette Ngo Bissoy

Science Teacher
L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School

E. Selemon Asfaw

Chief Financial Officer
Optum Care

Dr. Hassan Masroujeh

Emergency Dentist
Emergency Dental Care USA

Jeff Peterson

Chief Marketing and Experience Officer
Echo 360

Heather Riddle

Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer
American Public Media Group and Minnesota Public Radio

Schuyler Troy, J.D.

University of Minnesota Law School

Dr. Ryan Greiner

Medical Director
North Memorial Health

Dominique Battle

Openings Associate
AvantStay