Board of Directors

Taylor Mahoney

Taylor Mahoney is currently the Owner and Principal Designer for Tailored Design Studio, an interior design studio that works in residential and commercial design. Prior to working for Tailored Design Studio she worked for the Opus Group and Baker Associates as a Commercial Interior Designer. She received her Associate of Applied Science in interior design from the Art Institutes International Minnesota in 2011. Prior to...

Sarah Rauenhorst

Sarah is currently the Co-founder and Director of Operations of Launch Network, a non-profit that partners with public schools to create holistic, whole child, whole family learning environments for students and families failed by the traditional public-school classroom. Sarah is a lifelong educator dedicated to closing opportunity gaps in partnership with schools, families, and communities. Before Launch, Sarah served as an educator and instructional coach...

Pete Mahoney

Pete Mahoney co-founded and is managing partner at Arise Capital, a Portland, OR-based impact investment firm which develops and manages regionally-focused investment products to promote positive economic development. Prior to launching Arise Capital, Pete worked for Morley Capital/Principal Global Investors, a stable value investment management firm in Portland. Positions Pete held included fixed income trader where he was responsible for managing and trading corporate, government,...

Patrice Kunesh

Patrice Kunesh is the director of the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She has extensive experience representing American Indian tribes throughout the country. Patrice, who is of Standing Rock Lakota descent, began her legal career at the Native American Rights Fund. She then served as in-house counsel to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and on the faculty at the...

Nat Robinson

Nat Robinson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Leaf Global Fintech, a company providing mobile financial services to the stateless and excluded on a blockchain platform. Leaf is developing secure cross-border transactions to refugees in the DRC and Rwanda with plans to expand globally. Nat previously served as the CEO and founder of Juhudi Kilimo Company Ltd., which provides micro-asset financing to rural smallholder farmers...

Karen Rauenhorst

Karen Rauenhorst serves as the Vice Chair of the Catholic Relief Services Foundation. She is the secretary of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. She is also a board member of the National Catholic Education Association and Aim Higher Foundation, which supports Catholic Schools needs in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Rauenhorst focuses much of her volunteer time on helping families and children access educational...

Ian Widmer

Ian Widmer serves as the President & CEO of Progression Brands Group, an advisory and operating company that focuses on unlocking value in early stage active lifestyle brands. Prior to taking on this role, he held senior leadership positions in North America and Europe at Canada Goose from 2009-2017. Ian holds a Bachelor’s degree in American History and Political Science from Colorado College and a...

Gia Rauenhorst

Having worked for over 10 years in program efficacy in PK-12 education systems, Gia brings a great deal of passion and background knowledge with her about improving the lives of children wherever she goes. Most recently the Senior Data Analyst for the New Haven School District in Union City, California, Gia focused on building statistical analysis skills and knowledge of assessments while supporting several projects...

Cassie Landers

Cassie Landers is an assistant professor of population and family health at the Columbia University Medical Center. Since 1985, she has worked with UNICEF and other international agencies to promote policies and programs in support of young children and their families. Landers has provided technical assistance and support to child development programs in more than 60 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Landers has...