Trina C. Olson, Co-Founder & Principal
A seasoned nonprofit executive, Olson brings a wealth of strategy, management and messaging expertise to her work. Olson’s career includes advocating for health care, hunger, a living wage, non-discrimination, marriage equality, adoption policy and humane immigration reform. Olson has lobbied voters, state legislators, the White House and federal agencies.
Olson’s organizational homes have included: Washington Community Action Network, Equality California, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Immigration Equality.
Olson has recently completed her tenure as the Executive Director of PFund Foundation – the upper Midwest’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community foundation. There, Olson developed the BEtter OUTcomes Initiative, which introduced the Appropriate Standard for LGBTQ-inclusive grantmaking. She co-authored the report which contains that new standard, "Fairness In Philanthropy. Leveling the Playing Field for Our LGBTQ Neighbors: A Resource Guide for Funders in Minnesota."
Olson has served as the chair of Minnesota’s LGBTQ Funders Network, as a member of the Minnesota Council on Foundation’s Public Policy Committee and as a board member of the inaugural National Diversity Advisory Board at the University of Minnesota.
Alfonso T. Wenker, Co-Founder & Principal
Wenker is a dynamic, engaging, practical and highly sought after trainer and facilitator. His work focuses on strategy development, diversity/equity/inclusion, team building, leadership development and self-awareness.
Wenker’s organizational homes have included: Bush Foundation, Minnesotans United for All Families and PFund Foundation.
Wenker just completed his tenure as the Vice President at the Minnesota Council on Foundations - which has over 180 member organizations. In that capacity he served as lead trainer for the Council’s professional development programs, consulted with leaders and organizations interested in advancing equity and inclusion and led internal organizational development.
Wenker currently serves as the board chair of Pollen Midwest and serves on the leadership teams for Solidarity MN and the BEtter OUTcomes Initiative, two funder collaboratives focused on advancing equity in the state of Minnesota.