Three Join Board of Directors

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The Bridge is pleased to welcome three new faces to the Board of Directors.

They are:

  • Ellen Krug, Executive Director for Call for Justice, a project designed to help low and moderate income people access legal resources in the Twin Cities metro area.
  • Miriam Seidenfeld, Executive Director, Temple Israel in Minneapolis
  • John Weidner, Vice President &Director of Corporate, Municipal and Escrow Services Issue Management & Consulting for Wells Fargo Bank

“We’re so pleased to have such a talented team joining us,” said Deb Bauman, Board Chair and Group President for Bremer Bank. “Miriam, John, and Ellen all bring unique connections in the local community and are equally passionate about the mission of The Bridge”.

Thank you to outgoing board members Susan Evans of Evans Larsons Communications, Kathy Schaaf of Schaaf Strategic Consulting, and Linda Foreman of the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota. Their dedication of time, financial support, and strategic insight is greatly appreciated.

Ellie Krug holds degrees from Coe College and Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Massachusetts and Iowa, and at one time, founded and oversaw a law firm specializing in trial work. She has more than 100 trials (half of which were jury trials) to her credit. In 2009, Ellie transitioned from male to female. She then became the only Iowa attorney, and one of the few nationally, to try separate lawsuits in separate genders. She is a frequent speaker on the life lessons learned as she traveled on her “gender journey.” Ellie presently works as the Executive Director of Call for Justice, LLC, a project designed to help low and moderate income people access legal resources in the Twin Cities metro area. Ellie lives in Minneapolis, where she also writes for two publications, including Lavender Magazine. Her memoir, Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (Stepladder Press), was released in February, 2013.

Miriam Seidenfeld is the Executive Director at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, a Reform Jewish congregation of more than 2,000 families located in the Uptown area. Miriam has more than 25 years of experience working with children and families in not-for-profit settings in the areas of direct practice, programming, and organizational and change management. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Minnesota and an MSW from Columbia University. Prior to her return to Minneapolis, Miriam worked for eleven years at The Fresh Air Fund in NYC, which annually sends thousands of children from under-served communities on free summer vacations to overnight camps and with host families in thirteen different states.

John Weidner is Vice President and Director of Corporate, Municipal and Escrow Services Issue Management & Consulting for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. John began his career with Norwest Bank Minnesota, N.A. in 1991 as a portfolio manager and trader covering all Norwest fixed income money market funds. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Finance from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and his graduate degree from the College of Education, University of Minnesota. In his current role at Wells Fargo, John oversees consulting, litigation and bankruptcy-related efforts across the Trust portfolio of municipal, housing and corporate bonds. John also holds various leadership roles focused on strengthening Minnesota team member engagement around community support through volunteerism and giving. John currently serves as Secretary on the Wells Fargo Corporate Trust Charitable Giving Council, is active in the Wells Fargo Diversity Mentorship program and provides ongoing leadership for the annual Twin Cities United Way campaign. John resides with his wife, Mary, and two children, John Jr. and Ellie, in Edina, MN.

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