Board of Directors


Dr. Ellen Kennedy, Founder and Executive Director

Jack Rendler, Board Chair (Country Specialist, Amnesty International)

Sandra Pappas, Board Vice-Chair (Senator, State of Minnesota)

Randi Markusen, Board Treasurer (Founder and Director, Rwanda Reads)

Monica Chowdhury, J.D., Board Secretary (Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services)


Fred Amram (Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota and Holocaust survivor)

Eve Bassinger (Board member, Youth Performance Company)

Marie Failinger, J.D. (Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

Bunkhean Chhun (Retired Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools; Cambodian Genocide survivor)

Kenneth Granle, J.D. (Assistant Director of Admissions, Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

Barbara Forster (Human Rights Activist)

Rachel Carlson, J.D. (Program Manager, Forward Global Women)

Professor Phebe Haugen, J.D. (Professor Emerita, Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

Robert Halagan, J.D. (Rotary District 5950 Governor)

Natalie Johnson Lee (African/African American Health Alliance; President, Rotary Club of North Minneapolis; former City Council Member)

Rev. John Matthews (Senior Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley)

Mariam Mohamed (Consultant for Philanthropy, government and nonprofit agencies)

Brad Lehrman, J.D. ex officio, pro bono legal counsel (Former Board Member, the Advocates for Human Rights; attorney, Soffer Charbonnet Law Group)

Shelia Livingston, Board Member Emerita (Director Artistic Relations, Guthrie Theater)

Professor Doug Heidenreich, J.D., Board Member Emeritus, (Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law)


There are full Board of Directors Biographies available.