State Office Staff

Need to get ahold of us? Start with Grace at griley@lwvmn.org or 651-424-4601.

 
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Michelle Witte

Executive Director

Michelle came to the League as a seasoned nonprofit leader and fundraiser. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Merrill Community Arts Center in Woodbury, with a mission to connect community through the arts. There, she began as a volunteer, where she led both a high school bond referendum and a private capital campaign to create a new collaborative arts center. She rose to become the executive director, where she significantly grew the budget and volunteers, along with the facilities, to create a vibrant home for the arts in the east metro community.

Michelle’s additional experience in nonprofit management and fundraising includes working with health care organizations, churches, political campaigns and schools, and with issues such as domestic violence, long-term care and aging.

Starting with her first precinct caucus at age 18, Michelle has stayed active in civic engagement activities throughout her life, including serving as the Secretary for International Concerns with the Lutheran Student Movement in college, working in inner city St. Louis to improve access to health care, serving as the campaign manager for a female circuit court judge, and being an active member of both her senate district and her local League.

Michelle’s longstanding service within the South Washington County Schools earned her an appointment to their nonpartisan School Board in 2014, and in 2015, she was elected by the community to continue her service and leadership.

Michelle is a graduate in psychology from the University of Minnesota and has a Public Affairs Fellowship from the Coro Foundation. She enjoys any time she can get with her husband Eric, and daughters Libby and Kate, and enjoys spontaneously breaking out into Broadway showtunes for her most appreciative staff!

 
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Nick Harper, Esq.

Civic Engagement Director

During the summer and fall, Nick helps local LWVs provide voter services in collaboration with community partners. During the winter and spring, he serves as the staff lead for state advocacy.

His policy interests cover all aspects of political activity and civic engagement, including legislative process, money in politics, voting rights, redistricting, and other election law. He holds a B.A. in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a J.D. with public service honors from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is also a licensed attorney in Minnesota.

In his spare time, Nick watches too much Netflix and eats too much cheese.

 
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Grace Riley

Operations Manager

Grace keeps the wheels greased in the LWV Minnesota office, working to help both staff and members with operational concerns. She is the principal administrator of the LWV Minnesota database, she manages local LWV membership updates, handles our facilities and vendors, is the “face” of our general phone line and emails, and produces our member events, large and small.

Grace has almost two decades of theater and event planning experience, including producing theater in New York City and private catering in Saint Paul. She holds a B.F.A. in drama from New York University. 

Grace’s kitchen is organized in such a way that chocolate chip cookie ingredients are always within reach (she is 5’ tall), and she believes in the power of a good cup of coffee.

 
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Kristin Smith

Communications Manager / Art Director

If it needs to be made (or made pretty), you can bet it will land on Kristin’s desk. From print design, websites and signage, to copywriting and editing, Kristin brings 20 years of experience to the League (14 of those years running her own graphic design business). She also assists Grace in producing League events, gleefully geeking out over all the details and logistics.

When she’s not at work, you can usually find Kristin backstage around the Twin Cities, managing the production aspects of live theater, a hobby she enjoys alongside her longtime partner, Chris. 

Kristin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from St. Cloud State University, and is still – ahem – waiting for her Hogwarts letter.

 
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Bridgit Jordan

Accounting Manager

Growing up on a farm in southwest Minnesota, Bridgit learned to milk cows, raise chickens and drive tractors, instilling the “roll up your sleeves and get the work done” ethic at an early age.

After graduating from St. Olaf College with a degree in social work, Bridgit worked in that field for a couple of years before moving out of state with her husband. Since her social work licensure wouldn’t transfer, she found work in nonprofit finance instead. Twenty years later, she has never looked back. Today, she helps to keep the doors open and the lights on, bringing that same hardworking ethic to the League.

Bridgit lives with her husband, two daughters and three cats in south Minneapolis. Now, if only Minnesota could look a little more like a sunny, Mexican beach…

 

Coordinators & Interns

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Paul Huffman

Census and Redistricting Coordinator

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Siena Iwasaki Milbauer

Development Coordinator

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Elizabeth Dillenburg

Traveling Exhibit Coordinator

 
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Drew Wilds

Program Coordinator