Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government is served by a State Board, comprised of up to 21 community leaders and program alumni.  The Youth in Government State Board works under the direction of the General Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and has several areas of focus, including:

  • Articulating the vision for Youth in Government
  • Building strong relationships and acting as an ambassador for the YMCA
  • Cultivating and securing resources to support service delivery
  • Determining community needs
  • Exemplifying excellence in leadership, with emphasis on the YMCA mission
  • Focusing on planning, evaluation and quality

2015 State Board

Scott Peterson - Chair
True North Strategies

Jon Bacal
Venture Academy  

Matt Bowe
Client Success Manager
Cornerstone on Demand

Valerie Dosland
Director of Governmental Affairs
Ewald Consulting

Tara Erickson
TGE Consulting 

James Farnsworth
Highland Park Senior High School

Richard Fischer
Global Communications
Medtronic Philanthropy

Anika Hagenson
Senior Group Manager - Government Affairs

Judge Jill Halbrooks
Minnesota Court of Appeals

Scott Hauch
Supplier Relationship Manager
Cargill, Inc.

Ann Kaner-Roth
Deputy Secretary of State
State of Minnesota

Jo Ling Kent
Fox News/Fox Business News

Monte Mills
Greene Espel

Pat Murphy
Chief Clerk
Minnesota House of Representatives 

Leslie Rosedahl
Directors of Communications and Grassroots Advocacy
Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.

Doug Stang
Government Affairs

Malea Stenzel Gilligan 
Associate Director
National Wildlife Federal Action Fund

Nick Thompson
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
Minnesota Senate

Deborah Yungner
Chairman & Founder
ERBUS LifeGRID Technologies