Five new people have joined our board of directors, and we’re excited to have them on the team!
Michael Friedman is an Assistant Vice President at Hays Companies in Minneapolis. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and minor in Business Administration from Minnesota State-Mankato. Michael enjoys spending his time with family, friends, and giving back to his community. Previously, he served as a youth hockey coach for the Mankato Hockey Association and Bloomington Jefferson Association.
A native of Kansas, Sharon made Minnesota her home in 1995. Her professional career includes 25+ years of experience creating and executing communications and marketing strategies, as well as product and database development – primarily in the financial services and real estate industries. Sharon is SVP of Internal Communications at Ameriprise Financial, Inc which includes editorial planning for both employee and advisor audiences, content and video development, executive communications, strategic meetings management, and all communications systems and delivery functions. She has a BA from Concordia University in Marketing Management and is also Series 7 and 24 licensed. In her personal life, Sharon and her partner Jerry love traveling, cooking, running, bicycling, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling their beautiful golden retriever, Hazel Blue.
Robyn is a Marketing Director at Thomson Reuters and serves on their Global Volunteer Network. Having a love for kids and caring for their well being is a long standing family value which started in the 1920s when her grandparents took in a young man in need. Throughout the decades, her family would care for kids that didn’t have a home, so working with the Bridge is a natural fit for Robyn. She previously served on the Board of Directors for her community sports association, was actively involved in the Chisago Lakes PTO, and coached baseball for several years. She and her husband have four boys, a daughter-in-law, a granddaughter, a new grand baby on the way, and two crazy pups. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy volunteering as mentors, riding motorcycle, spending time with their kids and grandchild, and supporting veterans.
Jim is a Vice President of State Government Relations at U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis. In his role, Jim provides legislative advocacy in nine states and manages other political engagements between U.S. Bank and elected officials. Outside of U.S. Bank, Jim serves on the Board of Directors of St. Stephen’s Human Services and the Citizens League. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and his master’s degree in Public Policy and Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. He was also a 2016-2017 Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Jim resides in West St. Paul with his wife, Jamie, and their sons, Andrew and Sam. In his free time, Jim enjoys running, exercise and reading.
Lisa is the Executive Vice President of Housing and Services for CommonBond Communities. She is passionate in her belief that affordable, safe and stable housing is foundational for building individual independence and success as well as strengthening communities and economic development. Lisa served seven years working in city government as a city councilmember, committee member and she sat on the Board of Directors of the League of Minnesota Cities and MN Women in City Government. Besides working in the public sector and the affordable housing industry, Lisa and her husband ran an insurance consultancy business in Minnesota for 5 years. Lisa is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College – Virginia Beach, VA where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.