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Minnesota welcomes three new board members to its board of directors

About 3,000 members needed to serve in education, environment, economic stability programRepresentatives from community and local labor are appointed to board for state commission on national services throughout the state.   

MINNEAPOLIS – August 25, 2022 – ServeMinnesota is pleased to announce three additions to its governor-appointed board of directors. ServeMinnesota is the state’s commission on national and community service, charged with creating opportunities for AmeriCorps members and volunteers to address community challenges in education, the environment, health, affordable housing, job readiness, and more.

Nomin Angarag, Mauricio Leon, and Daniel McConnell will each serve a three-year term with the organization.

Nomin Angarag brings experience in the nonprofit sector from her time leading Friends of Global Market, where she spearheaded a capital campaign raising $1.8M and built infrastructure to support the Market’s 45 BIPOC business owners through COVID. While a first-generation college student, she founded and managed Gracious Acts, which recruited more than 500 volunteers and raised funds to build a school in Mongolia. She currently works at U.S. Bank.

Mauricio Leon is a senior researcher with the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities, where he is developing climate change mitigation tools. He is a member of the Minneapolis Energy Vision Advisory Committee and the Environment and Energy in Transportation Research Council at the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. Leon brings a passion for climate justice and experience in using data to inform equitable decisions to his role on the board. Since 2020, Leon has been involved with ServeMinnesota’s Climate Action Committee, which helped shape the Climate Impact Corps.

Daniel McConnell fills the labor representative role on the ServeMinnesota board. As a business manager for the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, McConnell advocates on behalf of more than 14,000 skilled construction workers and focuses on diversity and inclusion through workforce development. He also served for six years as Political Director for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 292. He is an Electrician by trade and is licensed by the State of Minnesota as a Master Electrician. He also chairs the Executive Board of IBEW Local 292 and serves on the boards of the Minneapolis Workforce Council, Building Strong Communities, Minnesota State Board of Investment’s Investment Advisory Council, the Minneapolis Labor Temple Association, as well as president of the Minneapolis Board of Business Agents. 

“We are grateful for the expertise that Nomin, Mauricio, and Daniel bring to our organization,” said Audrey Suker, CEO of ServeMinnesota. “They bring new perspectives that will be incredibly valuable as we focus on equity in service and creating career pathways for AmeriCorps members.”

These three community leaders appointed by Governor Walz join 23 others on the ServeMinnesota board of directors. For a list of all ServeMinnesota Board Members, visit www.serveminnesota.org/our-team-and-board/

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About ServeMinnesota

ServeMinnesota creates positive social change by deploying the people power of AmeriCorps to translate research into on-the-ground implementation. Each year, thousands of individuals commit to transformative service opportunities focused on improving the lives of Minnesotans through education, affordable housing, employment, the environment, addiction recovery and response to the COVID-19 crisis. Two of its innovative strategic initiatives, Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps, demonstrate speed to implementation in their work to close the achievement gap and help struggling students become successful learners. By leveraging federal dollars, building strong community partnerships, and continually improving programs, ServeMinnesota ensures national service is positioned to make meaningful contributions to our state. For more information, visit www.serveminnesota.org.

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges, through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.

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