Audrey Suker

Audrey Suker leads ServeMinnesota. During her tenure, the number of opportunities for Minnesotans to serve their community has more than tripled, state support for AmeriCorps has increased from $900,000 annually to more than $7 million, and private funds have increased from $75,000 to $2.5 million. The nomination called Suker a “fierce advocate for finding innovative solutions that address unsolved problems,” such as the rate of early literacy failure in Minnesota. Suker’s vision led to the creation of Minnesota Reading Corps, a statewide initiative to ensure all children are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Today, the program has tutors in 900 elementary schools and early learning centers across Minnesota, 11 additional states and Washington, D.C., making it the largest AmeriCorps tutoring program nationally.