2015 Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows

Fellows are employed by the Minnesota Council on Foundations and placed at participating foundations for three years.

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Allison Johnson, Giving Project Associate, Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Allison is an experienced community organizer with roots in South Minneapolis. In her past work with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, she worked across the Twin Cities to build support for affordable housing and stronger communities. She’s trained, educated and mobilized people of faith to act for social justice in the Twin Cities and across the country.

"As an organizer, bridge-builder and advocate, I am passionate about working alongside people as they transform their communities for the better. I am thrilled to be part of the McKinley Fellowship Program because I believe philanthropy is an incredibly powerful tool for social change. I look forward to discovering my unique role in making philanthropy more representative and inclusive of the communities it serves." 



Aya Johnson, Community Innovation Associate, Bush Foundation

Aya was previously a community representative in the United States Congress focusing on immigration, foreign affairs, unemployment and outreach to communities of color. In addition to working in Congress, she has also served as a domestic violence advocate in St. Cloud and Blaine.

"The Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship opens doors that few realize exist. The fellowship has made me aware of a career in philanthropy and will provide me with the necessary tools to become a better community advocate. As a native Minnesotan, I am proud of how amazing our state is. However, many people do not share the same opportunities or advantages. I am thrilled that this fellowship embraces my skills and experience to help solve the most pressing problems in the Upper Midwest. I am humbled and honored to be a part of this program!"




















































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