About the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota

Launched by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota in partnership with the Governor’s Office in 2016, the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment that centers the leadership and solutions of young women of color, American Indian young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ+ youth, and young women with disabilities.

About the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota 

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN) envisions a world of opportunity, safety, and leadership where women, girls, and all people hold the power to create and lead safe, prosperous lives. Through grantmaking, research, and public policy, the Foundation drives innovative solutions to create gender and racial equity in Minnesota. Founded in 1983, WFMN is the first and largest statewide women’s foundation in the country. More at WFMN.ORG.

Gloria Perez

President & CEO

Jen Lowman Day

Senior Director of Communications

Nina Robertson

Director of Systems Change

Tam Ho

Director of Philanthropic Partnerships


was established to give Black and Brown women in Minnesota additional exposure through connection and engagement with new audiences.On the second and fourth Wednesday of every month aspiring allies paired with Black and Brown female partners share a social media platform for the day to amplify the work, lives, and stories of dynamic Brown/Black women residing in Minnesota.The goal is that the new conversations and relationships develop into a deeper understanding that will be impactful in tackling and overcoming unconscious biases, racial injustices and racial inequities. Through storytelling, relationship development, programming and collaborations #SHARETHEMICMN strives to help make Minnesota a more inclusive and equitable state.

Jasmine Brett Stringer


Beth Rubin

Marketing and Development