2017 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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Kristell Caballero Saucedo, Bush Foundation

Kristell Caballero Saucedo was born in Mexico, raised in Minneapolis and graduated from North High School. As a low-income, first-generation immigrant woman, her work is committed to social justice that puts race and kyriarchy [a social system or set of connecting social systems built around domination, oppression and submission] at its nexus. Kristell holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from St. Olaf College. Most recently, she has worked as a New Sector Alliance Fellow at Northside Funders Group where she led and created a racial equity framework and toolkit. As a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, Kristell focused her research on Afro-Mexican rights. She spent a year volunteering for International Roma Rights in Hungary. Kristell is a salsa dancing enthusiast and Crossfit addict.

As a Community Innovation Associate with Bush Foundation, Kristell is responsible for implementing projects and making grants that inspire and enable communities to create innovative solutions to their challenges. "I am thrilled to learn from and work with communities in the Bush Foundation’s footprint, and propel community-led efforts for change and prosperity."



Awale Osman, Bush Foundation

Awale Osman has a variety of experiences expanding community organizing and program development in nonprofit, K-12 and higher education spaces. Awale has lived disparate experiences—from war-torn Somalia, to Kenyan refugee camps, to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in  American classrooms, to high academic honors—and created much change—expanding after-school opportunities for youth in Twin Cities suburbs, building capacity and confidence in the youth of Rochester, MN, impressing upon U.S. congressmen the value of federal department of education TRIO programs, opening the campus climate for underserved students and increasing the retention rate of Black community college students. He most recently served as a TRIO Student Support Services advisor at Normandale Community College. 

As a Community Innovation Associate with Bush Foundation, Awale is responsible for implementing projects and making grants that inspire and enable communities to create innovative solutions to their challenges. “I’m excited to work with Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Bush Foundation to continue building a future where dignity and opportunity exist for all.”









Chao Yang, Medtronic Philanthropy
Chao Yang was born in a Thai Refugee camp, grew up in the St. Paul North End area, and is a first generation Hmong woman.  She is a passionate advocate for gender equality, human rights, and racial equity.  Prior to her fellowship, Chao worked as a statewide healthcare trainer for the Department of Human Services, where she worked at the intersection of technology projects, healthcare policy, and instructional design. 
As Community Engagement Associate with Medtronic Philanthropy, Chao will help align and execute Medtronic philanthropic efforts aimed at achieving health equity and eliminating health disparities by integrating philanthropic community-based programs with employee engagement and other corporate-based opportunities. “I am looking forward to the plethora of learning opportunities, engaging underrepresented communities of color, and deepening my understanding of the systematic factors that lead to health disparities.  I believe philanthropic organizations serve as a catalyst for creating change, as a place for innovative solutions, and as a front runner in serving communities without a voice.”