The Twin Cities Chapter of The Social Enterprise Alliance is an active member-driven organization in North America for commercial nonprofits, social businesses, and educators who come together to promote financially sustainable social innovation through networking opportunities, educational forums, strategic partnerships, and impact legislation. Our members are passionate about changing their communities, and we are dedicated to providing them with the resources to maximize sustainable social and financial impact.


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What Social Enterprise is About

Our Board Team

Chris Vanecek

Treasurer

Chris is dedicated to using the language of finance and accounting to help social enterprises make good decisions for themselves and the people they serve. As the Senior Accountant at Urban Ventures he is responsible for helping to manage the financial operations of their social enterprises. He believes that the dollars and cents of an organization and where they choose to spend their money is an important part of their story and their impact. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University and an BA in Sociology and Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Shehla Mushtaq

Board Co-chair

Shehla is a Senior IT Director at UnitedHealth Group by day, and by night she invests her time in a number of social impact oriented endeavors. Her work feels right when it has purpose and creates social value in a space where she can bring together her diverse skills to thrive and to make others shine.

Working board member of: Honoring Women Worldwide, Shift!, Social Enterprise Alliance Twin Cities, Interfaith Circle. Passionate about leading and supporting programs to lift up women in their life’s journey.

 

Scott Cole

Outgoing Co-chair

Scott is a high tech executive with blended experience leading for-profit, nonprofit, education, social enterprise, and cooperative initiatives. Committed to alleviating chronic social problems by building the capacities of foundations and community organizations to work collaboratively (eliminating the ‘silo’ effect). Using web-based software imbedded with expert services, his new cooperative, Collectivity, connects and empowers individuals, nonprofits, and foundations to create Collective Impact in our communities. He founded Collectivity as a cooperative to rapidly and sustainably scale collaborative initiatives using international tested principles of co-working using the accountable social business model of cooperatives.?

Jennifer Kramm

Outgoing Co-chair

Jennifer has a background in new business development and philanthropy. Jennifer’s passion is supporting social entrepreneurs to carry out their mission by focusing on their competitive advantage and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of their current processes. Her strengths are creating possibilities through ideation, filtering, and honing in on the most strategic plan for executing on the best ideas. At Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Jennifer developed social enterprises resulting in two successful ventures. As a Grants Associate at the Lutheran Community Foundation she awarded over $10 million in annual grants to up to 5,000 national charities. Jennifer currently co-chairs the board of the Twin Cities Social Enterprise Alliance and chairs their Programming and Events Planning Committee. Jennifer graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Biology.

Steven Olinger

Board Co-chair

Professionally inquisitive. Enjoys solving complex problems with others. Story teller. Optimist. Believes that it’s not about how smart you are – can you ask the right questions in order to uncover all the elements needed to address significant issues?

Day job: Represents EMC Publishing of St. Paul – serving the nonprofit and government funded workforce community in North America. Our purpose is to help enhance and build communities one job at a time.

Randy Treichel

Membership Chair

Randy joined Youth Express in 1993 specifically to develop social enterprises in a youth-directed environment (now Keystone Community Services), after fourteen years in sales and management positions in the healthcare and video products industries. Over the past 20+ years, he has worked with young people to build a chore service for seniors, a chain of concession stands, a bike shop, a skateboard shop, an eBay storefront and, most recently, a gently used women’s clothing exchange. At Youth Express, each enterprise is structured both as a traditional business and, behind the scenes, serves as a business lab where young people learn the tools of entrepreneurship. Over 500 young people have completed a business apprenticeship at one of the enterprises.

Randy was awarded a Leadership in Neighborhoods Fellowship from the St. Paul Companies in 2000 to research and visit organizations throughout the country that had done exemplary work with social entrepreneurship. He earned the Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher designation with the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and completed a Master of Public Affairs degree through the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota with concentrations in Economic Development and Entrepreneurial Studies in 2004.



Scott Tovsen

Program & Events Co-chair

Scott is a benefit-maximizing social entrepreneur. He is passionately dedicated to ensuring a free and sustainable future. He believes businesses are the most powerful forces on Earth and that they should empower the best in us. Scott founded Resonary, a company focused on shifting the paradigm of business from a profit-maximizing framework to one of benefit-maximizing. He loves to spend his time on startups and working at coffee shops. Scott graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a focus in Energy Sustainability.