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Our Board

Leadership is provided to our organization by an engaged and active Advisory Board. Learn more about Board Roles & Responsibilities




Duchesne Drew • Co-Chair

Community Network Vice President, Bush Foundation

Duchesne Drew is the Community Network vice president at the Bush Foundation, which supports leadership development and community-driven problem-solving in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. He oversees and integrates the work of the Foundation’s Communications, Community Innovation and Leadership Programs teams. A key part of Duchesne’s role is community engagement. He builds partnerships with related organizations and leaders, and he helps to link and grow formal and informal networks across the region.


A veteran newspaper reporter, editor and manager, Duchesne previously worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Dallas Morning News. He loves being able to apply the skills, insights and community connections he developed as a journalist to philanthropy. In addition to serving on the board of the Leadership Learning Community, Duchesne serves on the board of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, the African American Leadership Forum, the Monitors Club, the Columbia Daily Spectator and the advisory board of Ujamaa Place. Duchesne is also a member of the Itasca Project’s working team and he’s a steering committee member of Greater MSP’s “BE MSP” Initiative, which is focused on retaining professionals of color within the Twin Cities Region.


He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children.



Ashok Regmi • Co-Chair

Global Director, Social Innovation and Citizenship | International Youth Foundation

Ashok has more than 20+ years of professional and academic experience in international development, social entrepreneurship and innovation, and strategic analysis/planning. Ashok came to IYF in 2002. He provides institutional leadership in social innovation and citizenship portfolio, one of the two thematic foci of the Foundation through programs in Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia. He also serves on the Senior Management Team at the International Youth Foundation. In this capacity, he has built global partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, universities, local businesses, nonprofits, and public sectors in more than 25 countries in advancing youth development sector. Ashok has worked in both the private and public sectors, including the Government of Nepal Ministry of Information and Education Board at Connecticut among others. Ashok also worked with members of the Nepalese Parliament in addressing youth issues of Nepal and was one of the founders of the first FM radio channel in Nepal, where he directed programs on economic and social issues. Ashok sits on various boards including a consortium of more than 200 institutions focusing on leadership development. Ashok graduated from Johns Hopkins University with Masters in Public Policy and has been featured and profiled in global publications including the Financial Times. He has been a frequent speaker in global platforms including the United Nations, World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Ashok was also profiled in the book “Compassionate Careers” in 2015 alongside other global leaders. Ashok is a native from Nepal.



Kelly Hannum

President | Aligned Impact

Kelly Hannum is the President of Aligned Impact and an evaluation consultant with the Luminare Group. She also serves as a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement and an Adjunct Associate Faculty member in the Educational Research Methodology Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was most recently the Director, Global Research Insights at the Center for Creative Leadership where she worked for over two decades. She's passionate about blending evaluation theory and practice to make the world a more equitable and measurably better place by clarifying purposes, processes and progress among groups of people.


She is the author of numerous books including Evaluating the Impact of Leadership Development (2017) and The Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation (2008) as well as scholarly and practitioner articles. She has also taught courses at institutions such as North Carolina A&T, the IESEG School of Management in France, and the University of Melbourne's Center for Program Evaluation. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has won numerous awards for her work, including the American Evaluation Association's Marcia Guttentag Award.



Beth Kanter

Master Trainer, Speaker, Author, and Blogger

Beth is internationally recognized thought leader in networks, social media, philanthropy, wellbeing in the workplace and training. Beth has over 35 years working in the nonprofit sector in capacity building and has facilitated trainings for thousands of social change activists and nonprofits on every continent in the world. She is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop leader. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” Beth was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013. She author of the award winning Networked Nonprofit Books and The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout
( published by J.Wiley. She writes “Beth’s Blog,” one of the first nonprofit blogs.

Her clients include foundations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.



Lisa Leverette

Community Connections Grant Program

Lisa Leverette is a Detroit based Change Orchestrator.  Her experience spans over 25 years and is concentrated upon utilizing the framework of relationship building and an equity lens to identify and eliminate barriers to success, manage and change systems to improve conditions, opportunities and odds for marginalized groups and communities.


Lisa currently manages Community Connections Grant Program, a philanthropic intermediary working in partnership with institutions, foundations and communities to re-grant funds to increase the ability of institutions and grassroots groups to act and achieve relevant and transformational change.   The program is a proven tool for resident engagement, building and strengthening responsive local and institutional leadership and achieving bottom up systems change. She manages the entity through a laser focused equity lens, ensuring positive impact for those pushed to the furthest margins of society. Ms. Leverette is also a facilitator and trainer focused on grassroots grantmaking, equity and achieving group consensus.


Miss Leverette serves on several local and national boards and development exchanges including co-founder and design team member, Transforming Power Fund (TPF), Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL)fellow, Leadership Learning Community, Grassroots Grantmakers and 1Michigan for immigrant rights.

Lisa has a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University and M.A. in Applied Social Science from Eastern Michigan University. 



Linshuang Lu

Principal | Praxis Consulting Group

Linshuang (pronounced “Lin-Shang”) Lu, MSOD, is a Principal at Praxis Consulting Group. She currently provides organization development, strategic planning, leadership development and culture change services to nonprofits and employee-owned companies. She is passionate about helping organizations develop their leaders and foster deeper staff engagement in order to create better workplaces and achieve greater impact.

Linshuang plays an active role in the nonprofit and employee ownership communities. She regularly speaks at regional and national conferences, and writing on leadership development and culture topics. Linshuang also serves on the Board of the Untours Foundation and is a Steering Committee Member of Philadelphia’s INTERGEN. Linshuang teaches a master’s level course on Team Dynamics at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and financial leadership in the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) Certificate Program at Bryn Mawr College. Linshuang holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University.