Photo Credit Anna Min

Photo Credit Anna Min

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.

pronouns: she/her

Trina’s 15 years of experience in progressive movement building makes her an invaluable resource and thought partner for any topic: fundraising, nonprofit management, leadership and board development, and organizational planning. When I face a challenge, Trina is at the top of my call list because I know I can count on her to give thoughtful advise and direction, while bringing whip smart humor to lighten my day!
— Caroline Dessert, Esq., CEO, San Diego LGBT Community Center
 Photo Credit Anna Min

Photo Credit Anna Min

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.

pronouns: he/him

 
Working with Alfonso is, in a word: energizing. He’s creative, resourceful, and a holistic and expansive thinker. On top of all that, he’s got a strong power analysis and an unending suite of tools to support you and your team!
— Diane Tran, System Director of Neighborhood Integration, HealthEast