Jess Anna Glover – Executive Director
Jess Anna Glover (pronouns: she/her) recently joined MENTOR Minnesota as its executive director and is responsible for driving the strategic vision, advocacy, and fundraising needs for the organization. MENTOR Minnesota builds and elevates the capacity of programs, systems, and policies to strengthen youth mentoring relationships across the state. Jess Anna has spent more than a decade as a passionate advocate for student-focused public education policy and educators as an attorney. Throughout her career, she has also worked with minority and immigrant farmers, advocates and organizers, lawyers, and legislators on many public policy issues. She also brings previous nonprofit, fundraising, and government experience to her advocacy. Jess Anna is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota Law School and was a Policy Fellow with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Nicki Patnaude, MSW – Manager of Community Partnerships
Nicki Patnaude (pronouns: she/her) manages the creation and coordination of resource development for MENTOR Minnesota. She also provides support for the NQMS® process on the state level but focuses her support on piloting the NQMS® in other states as part of a national research study. Nicki also assists with special initiatives and projects for the organization, including fundraising, public policy, and training support. Prior to working with MENTOR Minnesota, she spent over 10 years volunteering and working in the youth development field, specifically with youth aging out of long-term foster care. Nicki holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing and Advocacy from the University of Minnesota and has served as a Public Policy Graduate Intern, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, and other various roles with MENTOR Minnesota since 2011.
Maddie Schumacher – Capitol Pathways Intern
Maddie Schumacher (pronouns: they/them) is a fourth-year American and Urban Studies major at Macalester College. They are working as the legislative assistant for MENTORMN, an organization devoted to supporting mentoring relationships for youth throughout the state. In the past, they have worked for Ujamaa PLACE, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, and the federal Office of Minority Health under the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. This spring, they are excited to continue volunteering for the Women’s Prison Book Project and to learn African Based Movement at school!
MENTOR Minnesota Consultants
Jenni Geiser – Graphic Design and Branding Consultant
Jenni is a freelance Graphic Designer with 20+ years in the design field. She started her own business, jennigdesign, in 2014. Prior to that, she was the Creative Manager at Archiver’s, a retail scrapbooking store for 15 years. Her areas of expertise are branding, direct mail, newsletters, print collateral, signage, and logo design. She also works on children’s books layouts, packaging, email design, and websites. Jenni is located in the Twin Cities and has a wonderful family that inspires her more and more every day.