Twin Cities

Building a more equitable future for all, together

Overview

Across the region, we’re unlocking possibilities

Often ranked as two of the most desirable cities to live, best-of-lists do not account for disparities in housing, employment, education, and wealth, making Minneapolis and St. Paul great places to live for some, but not all, particularly Black and Brown residents. In partnership with leaders and advocates supporting residents and working to change the systems that underlie these disparities, GreenLight breaks down barriers to inclusive prosperity, making measurable progress towards a more equitable future.

Portfolio

Investing in proven organizations to bring to the Twin Cities to address community-identified needs

We partner with local residents to bring proven social innovations to address our community’s most persistent challenges, all too often rooted in racial inequities.

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Addressing challenges in the Twin Cities

2.8X

Black women are 2.8x more likely to die of pregnancy and pregnancy-related causes compared to white women

$33K

Black household median income is $33,000 less than white households

59%

Indigenous students graduate high school at a rate of 58.5 percent

Twin Cities Team and Partners

GreenLight Twin Cities is made up of a diverse group of changemakers from across the community, working together for positive impact in our city.

Irth

Irth

Let Everyone Advance with Dignity (LEAD)

Let Everyone Advance with Dignity (LEAD)

Team

Diarra Brooks

Diarra Brooks

Program Manager, GreenLight Twin Cities

Simone Hardeman-Jones

Simone Hardeman-Jones

Executive Director, GreenLight Twin Cities

Jo Rutkiewicz

Jo Rutkiewicz

Coordinator (Multiple Sites)

Advisory Council

Cedrick Baker

McKnight Foundation

Renay Dossman

Neighborhood Development Center

Roberta Downing

Harper Downing LLC

Kenneth Eban

MKE Consulting Group Inc.

Tessa Eddy

Neighborhood Development Center

Georgia Fort

BLCK Press

Jeff Greiner

Northern Pacific Group

Andrea Inouye

Office of Mayor Jacob Frey, City of Minneapolis

Charlotte S. Johnson

Otto Bremer Trust

Eric Petersen

Office of Mayor Melvin Carter, City of Saint Paul

Marcus Pope

Youthprise

Karen Richard

Andersen Corporation

Sharon Sayles Belton

Thomson Reuters

Sharon Smith-Akinsanya

Rae Mackenzie Group

Dr. Catherine Squires

(Retired) Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota & African American Leadership Forum

Tsega Tamene

Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Mary Taris

Strive Publishing

Clare Verbeten

Minnesota State Senate & The Partnership, Inc

Timothy Welsh

U.S. Bancorp

John Wilgers

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Founding Investors

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Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation

Julie and Doug Baker Jr. Foundation

Frankie Bennett

Craig Bentdahl

Archie Black and Jane McDonald Black

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CH-Robinson
Cargill

Margaret A. Cargill Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation

Page and Jay Cowles

Andrew Dayton

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Andrew Duff

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Jonathan and Michele Eisele

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Simon Foster and Nikki Sorum

Tim Gokey

Jeff and Terri Greiner

Glen and Nancy Gunderson

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Ann and Chris Hilger

Virginia Hubbard

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Rick and Gina King

Craig Leipold and Helen Johnson-Leipold

Jim and Norma Leslie Family Foundation

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Chuck and Liz Mooty

John W. Mooty Foundation

Rory and Rhonda O’Neill

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Amy and Chip Pearson Family Foundation

Todd and Fabiana Peterson

Karen and Bill Richard

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The Sanger Family Foundation

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John and Sue Simon

Julie and Bob Sullivan

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Liz and Tim Welsh

Walter and Karen White

WMN Foundation

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Here’s one way we’re addressing the high Black maternal mortality rate in the Twin Cities

Media Mention

Star Tribune

Here’s one way we’re addressing the high Black maternal mortality rate in the Twin Cities

Jul 11, 2024

Twin Cities

GreenLight Fund Names Ali Knight as Chief Executive Officer

Announcement, News, Press Release

GreenLight Fund Names Ali Knight as Chief Executive Officer

Apr 16, 2024

GreenLight Fund Annual Impact Report July 2022 – June 2023
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Insights

GreenLight Fund Annual Impact Report July 2022 – June 2023

Oct 20, 2023

Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Greater Newark, Kansas City, National, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Twin Cities

HCMC, other hospitals use new app aimed at improving the experiences of Black birthing families

Media Mention

MinnPost

HCMC, other hospitals use new app aimed at improving the experiences of Black birthing families

Oct 5, 2023

Twin Cities

GreenLight Twin Cities Invests in Irth to Address Maternal Health Disparities

Announcement, Press Release

GreenLight Twin Cities Invests in Irth to Address Maternal Health Disparities

Sep 26, 2023

Twin Cities

Podcast: Leadership Drives – Hear from four GreenLight Site Directors

Media Mention

Leadership Drives

Podcast: Leadership Drives – Hear from four GreenLight Site Directors

Aug 25, 2023

Baltimore, Greater Newark, Philadelphia, Twin Cities

National nonprofit GreenLight seeks to empower Lake Street residents to reduce police interactions
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Media Mention

Longfellow Nokomis Messenger

National nonprofit GreenLight seeks to empower Lake Street residents to reduce police interactions

Aug 2, 2022

Twin Cities

LEAD is What’s Next for Lake Street

Media Mention

Minnesota Spokesman Recorder

LEAD is What’s Next for Lake Street

Jul 21, 2022

Twin Cities

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