Team Dynamics is a national strategy firm, based in Minneapolis.

Founded by organizational executives - Team Dynamics is a People-of-Color, Woman, and LGBTQ+ owned business.


Teams make us better + Dynamic leaders are needed

Team Dynamics Co-Founders: Trina C. Olson + Alfonso T. Wenker

Photo Credit: Amy Moser

Photo Credit: Amy Moser

  • Interdisciplinary in experience + expertise

  • Intentionally mixed across lines of identity

  • Our goal is to help you achieve your goals

Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt, Senior Strategist  she/her/hers

Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt, Senior Strategist

she/her/hers

Luciano Patiño, Trainer + Coach  he/him/his

Luciano Patiño, Trainer + Coach

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Mark Pineda, Trainer + Coach  he/him/his

Mark Pineda, Trainer + Coach

he/him/his

Trina Olson, Co-Founder + Principal  she/her/hers

Trina Olson, Co-Founder + Principal

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Alfonso Wenker, Co-Founder + Principal  he/him/his

Alfonso Wenker, Co-Founder + Principal

he/him/his

Jeffrey Merkel, Trainer + Coach  he/him/his

Jeffrey Merkel, Trainer + Coach

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Levi Weinhagen, Senior Strategist  he/him/his

Levi Weinhagen, Senior Strategist

he/him/his

Team Dynamics continues to grow to meet the needs of our incredible clients. We will assemble the training, coaching and support team needed to help you meet your goals.


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Who Are Our Clients?

A wide variety of organizations! What they have in common: working to make “home” better (for our planet, our organizations, our communities).

The energy, spirit, and valor you carry into a room truly inspires us all.
— Profit Idowu, Engagement Manager at The On Being Project
Alfonso can lead any group! He is a skilled facilitator that uses humor and humanity to move a group through difficult topics on identity, power, and much more.
— Dana Nelson, Vice President, Minnesota Superbowl 52 Host Committee
I’ve seen countless trainers and facilitators, and Trina without a doubt stands out at the head of the pack! Her communication skills, whether in a one-on-one coaching conversation, or training a group of 200, is energizing, engaging, substantive, and thoughtful.
— Laura Gardiner, Capacity Building Specialist, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands
I had a program team that were resistant to changes and were not effectively communicating because of conflicting personalities. He facilitated one on one conversations, a day long retreat, and provided recommended next action steps to encourage a fostering team environment. Alfonso is great at what he does and I am honored to have worked alongside him.
— Kevin Xiong, Business Director, New Millennium Academy

Team Dynamics Clients Include:

  • American Institute of Architects

  • American Public Media

  • Arts Midwest

  • Better OUTcomes Initiative

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

  • Blandin Foundation

  • Child Care Aware of MN

  • Community Wealth Partners

  • Duluth Community Action

  • Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

  • Forge North - a project of Greater MSP

  • GiveMN

  • Heising-Simons Foundations

  • Iowa Arts Council

  • McKnight Foundation

  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

  • Minnesota Council on Foundations

  • Minnesota Food Funders Network

  • Minnesota Nurses Association

  • MN Opera

  • NCAA

  • Northland Foundation

  • Northside Achievement Zone

  • OutFront Minnesota

  • Red Ribbon Ride

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundation

  • Southwest Initiative Foundation

  • The On Being Project

  • Twin Cities Public Television

  • Unity Church-Unitarian

  • University of Minnesota

  • WCA Foundation

  • West Central Initiative


 

Get to Know Team Dynamics Co-Founders!


Co-Founders + Principals of Team Dynamics | Alfonso T. Wenker + Trina C. Olson

Co-Founders + Principals of Team Dynamics | Alfonso T. Wenker + Trina C. Olson

Photo Credit: Angela Jimenez

Photo Credit: Angela Jimenez

Photo Credit: Alfonso Wenker - he’s got a strong selfie game!

Photo Credit: Alfonso Wenker - he’s got a strong selfie game!

Trina C. Olson | she/her/hers

A seasoned nonprofit executive, and two-time executive director, Olson has developed a wealth of strategy, management and messaging expertise. She is a sought after speaker, trainer, and coach. Olson has personally lobbied tens of thousands of voters, legislators, the White House and federal agencies.

Olson recently co-authored the report, “Fairness in Philanthropy, Leveling the Playing Field for Our LGBTQ Neighbors" as well as a chapter in the newest edition of The Routledge Handbook on LGBTQIA Administration and Policy entitled, "Seeking Safe Haven: LGBTQ People and the American Immigration Experience."

Olson’s most recent body of work is centered on capacity building, training and coaching with leaders and groups that desire to make transformational change at the intersections of race and gender justice.

Olson has lived in 18 U.S. cities (on purpose); is excellent at parallel parking (on either side of the street); and spends her off time building, making, and creating large works of art.

Alfonso T. Wenker | he/him/his

Wenker is a highly sought after speaker, facilitator and trainer. He self-identifies as a nerd about all things philanthropy, fundraising, facilitation and movement building. Before co-founding Team Dynamics, he was Vice President at the Minnesota Council on Foundations - driving both program strategy and racial equity. In his role, he served as the lead trainer for the Council’s professional development programs with over 180 member foundations, working to advancing equity and inclusion within the field of grantmaking as well as the resources being mobilized throughout the community. He received his bachelor of arts in public relations from the University of St. Thomas and has held previous roles with Bush Foundation, Minnesotans United for All Families and PFund Foundation. He recently completed his tenure as chair of the board for Pollen.

Alfonso’s story is featured in the book, "Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career” and he is the recipient of the 2017 Facing Race Award from the Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundation as well as the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Catalytic Leader Award in 2014. Alfonso was a 2015-2016 Humphrey Policy Fellow.

He loves political conversations on patios, and trying to make Mexican food as well as his mom. He is a proud millennial with a carefully curated social media presence.