CO-INTERIM CEO | VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATION
As Vice President of Administration, Shanaya oversees organizational health and effectiveness strategies in Finance, Operations, and HR. Her passion and experience empowering communities through operational excellence and strategic efficiency span across sectors including government, corporate, nonprofits, and the arts. In 2020, Shanaya led a youth programming unit, honored as Standout Diversity Program which was highlighted in Forbes. She holds professional certifications from University of St. Thomas, Executive Education.
CO-INTERIM CEO | VICE PRESIDENT OF AMPLIFICATION
As Vice President of Amplification, Marc leads internal communications and external narrative strategies. A former CNN National Correspondent who got his start at WCCO TV as a broadcast journalist, Marc has worked in senior management for various media companies and TV networks, bringing a wealth of knowledge to AALF. He has lectured on the art of communication at numerous colleges. This role marks a homecoming for Marc who holds a master’s degree from University of Minnesota and spent his youth in Minneapolis.
VICE PRESIDENT OF NETWORK ALIGNMENT
As Vice President of Network Alignment, Niila oversees the development of the AALF Network with the core strategies of network management, network insights and leadership development. She carries a passion for inclusion, access, and justice in the Black and LGBTQ+ communities. Niila has worked with nonprofit organizations more than 15 years. No stranger to volunteerism, she brings a wealth of collaborative skills to her new role and is a specialist in creating partnerships and connections through innovative practices. Niila is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach University.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF EVENTS
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
ADORA LAND TOLEFREE
With nearly a decade in the nonprofit sector, Adora directs the organization’s development strategies that create leadership pipelines to drive collective action. She manages the Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy as well. Adora is passionate about developing strategies to increase community wealth and is a firm believer that collective work is the best way to generate opportunities for community. She holds a master’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kevin Lindsey, Board Chair | Executive Director, Minnesota Humanities Center
Duchesne Drew, Board Treasurer | President, Minnesota Public Radio
Anisha Murphy, Board Secretary | Adjunct Professor, Hamline University
Sylvia Bartley, BSc (Hons), Pharmacology; PhD, Neurophysiology Global Director, Medtronic Philanthropy
Lauren Boulware, Director, Morgan Stanley
Robbin Frazier, Associate Director of Equity and Community Engagement Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, University of Minnesota
Dr. Nerita Hughes, Dean for the School of Business, Careers, Education & Workforce Innovation, North Hennepin Community College (Past AALF Board of Directors Co-Chair, 2021)
Carolyn Smallwood, Executive Director, Way To Grow
John Taylor, Director Strategic Sourcing, Medtronic (Past AALF Board of Directors Co-Chair, 2021)
Stella Whitney West, CEO, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center