Impacts of COVID-19 on BIPOC Communities: A Conversation with Philanthropy & LinkingLeaders

Thursday, May 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT

The impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other communities of color has been devastating due to previously existing inequities. How do we rethink and reframe decisions being made using an equity lens to address the immediate needs AND shift to long-term funding, resource and policy decisions that create more sustainable and equitable impact? Join LinkingLeaders Partnership for a conversation on how philanthropy can partner with communities of color during the crisis and seize the moment to disrupt longstanding practices and policies that continue to leave the most vulnerable behind.

This is a conversation for philanthropy hosted by LinkingLeaders in partnership with the Minnesota Council on Foundations.

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The LinkingLeaders Partnership strengthens solidarity to advance and achieve racial justice and equity. LinkingLeaders is a collaboration of African American Leadership Forum (AALF), Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), LatinoLEAD and the Tiwahe Foundation - network organizations dedicated to enhancing leadership and amplifying the voices of their communities. Our four networks reach at least 5,500 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) leaders spanning across our diverse communities representing a variety of industries and sectors. Our joint work involves creating an intentional practice of solidarity and identifying common issues and approaches to enhance our shared leadership in movement building, network weaving and systems change.

Presenter Names / Bios:

Irma Márquez Trapero | she, her, ella

Executive Director, LatinoLEAD

LatinoLEAD is a nonprofit organization of Latinx leaders across all sectors who join together to create innovative strategies to drive and define policies and perceptions that advance Latinx collective influence, success, and power.

Irma is an immigrant from Culiacán, México. At the age of nine, her family emigrated to St. James, a small rural farm town in Southern Minnesota. She is a proud DREAMer and Deferred Action (DACA) recipient. She’s passionate about the advancement of Latinx in the state of Minnesota and believes in the opportunity that Minnesota has to ensure this continues to be a great home for the Latinx community.

Irma has over with over 10 years of experience serving in the areas of community organizing, policy and political campaign work, immigration and employment law, nonprofit, and education. Most recently, she served as director of talent at Hiawatha Academies, a high-performing school network, during a phase of significant growth and expansion.

Irma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College. In addition, she currently serves as President of the board of directors of Immigrant Law of Center of Minnesota (ILCM), a nonprofit that provides immigration legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.


Shirley Sneve | she, her

Executive Director, Tiwahe Foundation

Tiwahe Foundation provides resources to American Indian people to live culturally centered, economically independent and healthy lives—grounded in sovereignty and Indigenous worldview.

Shirley brings a powerful range of experience to this work. Most recently, as executive director at Vision Maker Media (VMM) she has helped VMM empower and engage Native People to share stories that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of Native Americans through Public Broadcasting. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Shirley served as director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, MA, and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science’s Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, SD. She has been an adjunct professor of Native American Studies and began her career as a producer at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Shirley serves on the boards of Native Americans in Philanthropy, Center for Rural Strategies and THE CIRCLE newspaper.


Bo Thao-Urabe | she, her

Executive & Network Director, Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)

CAAL is a social justice network of leaders with a mission to harness collective power to improve the lives of community by connecting, learning, and acting together. CAAL envisions a State where all Minnesotans, regardless of background, are actively engaged in shaping solutions, and can achieve prosperity.

Bo brings over 20 years of experience of leading local, national, and international social justice efforts. In addition to being a founding member of CAAL, she also co-founded Building More Philanthropy with Purpose Giving Circle, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Hmong Women Achieving Together, Building Our Future: A Global Community Campaign, and RedGreen Rivers LLC. Bo was appointed by President Obama as a Commissioner to the President’s Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She has received numerous awards recognizing her contributions and leadership, and in 2019, she was named a Bush Fellow. Fun Fact: Bo is one of the few people in Minnesota with the honor of having the same day named after her in both the City of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota.


Marcus Owens | he, him

Executive Director, African American Leadership Forum

African American Leadership Forum improves the economic health of underserved communities in the Twin Cities by creating opportunities through public and private partnerships.

Marcus is a social entrepreneur, systems shifter and community developer. He believes that expanding economic and educational opportunities and improving health and well-being for all is key to building a healthier and just community.

Before joining AALF, Owens was the President and CEO of the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON). Under his direction, NEON more than quadrupled its operating budget and staff size, launched a social enterprise business and created a co-working space for entrepreneurs.

Owens also spent nearly a decade driving change and championing new initiatives in finance, diversity & inclusion and human resources for Target Corporation. Before his time at Target, he worked for TCF National Bank and owned and operated a mortgage company. A native of north Minneapolis, Owens received a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.


Consuelo Gutierrez-Crosby | she, her, ella

Director, LinkingLeaders Partnership

Consuelo, a Latina from Albuquerque, New Mexico, came to MN as a first-generation college student to attend Macalester College. Since then, she has built a 20 year career in program development, implementation, and management in non-profit, higher education, and philanthropic sectors. She is energized by launching new programs and projects that focus on leadership and capacity building embedded in social justice and social change. 

As the Director for LinkingLeaders, Consuelo works with the partnership organizations to build and operationalize solidarity as a practice. My role is to facilitate the development of a model for applying and integrating the Practicing Solidarity Framework strategies of understanding histories, building relationships, and sharing of resources that each organization can adapt and carryout in their leadership development, network weaving, and systems change work.

She possesses a B.A. from Macalester and Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. She plays tennis for fun with her husband and children, gardens, and loves outdoor adventures at National Parks.

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