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

2018 State Board

Scott Peterson - Chair
True North Strategies

Dipali Aurora
East Ridge High School

Jon Bacal
Venture Academy  

Matt Bowe
Client Success Manager
Cornerstone on Demand

Valerie Dosland
Director of Governmental Affairs
Ewald Consulting

Tara Erickson
TGE Consulting

Rich 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.

Jo Ling Kent
Fox News/Fox Business News

Pat Murphy
Chief Clerk
Minnesota House of Representatives

Stephanie Pinkalla
Government Relations Associate
The Nature Conservancy 

Leslie Rosedahl

Malea Stenzel Gilligan 
Associate Director
National Wildlife Federal Action Fund

Nick Thompson
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
Minnesota Senate

Anna Weber
Northfield High School

Deborah Yungner
Chairman & Founder
ERBUS LifeGRID Technologies