Marnita’s Table boasts a highly skilled, highly diverse board of directors with strong, complementary skill-sets and deep communal ties in Minneapolis, the Twin Cities metro region and Greater Minnesota.

Together, they attend well over 300 community meetings, forums, discussions, focus groups, fundraisers and other events every year. The board sets the strategic direction of Marnita’s Table.

Perran G. Wetzel | Chair
Project Manager, The Wetzel Group

David Scott | Treasurer
Executive Vice President
Commercial Loans, Sunrise Banks

Dana Thompson
Supervisor of Student Support Services, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191

Dena Sonbol
Dean of Academic Excellence, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Dawn Baker
Director, Learning and Development Solutions, City of Minneapolis

John Hardy
Field Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Best Buy

Paul Bachleitner
Communications Director, Northwest Area Foundation

Philip Xiao
CEO, Homi 



Marnita's Table is a 501(c)3. Our 18-year old organization seeks to close gaps across difference through making Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI") / Digital Intentional Social Interaction (“dIZI”) the new pattern for society where Indigenous; Black and brown people; the disenfranchised; the poor; the LGBTQ+; those from historically and currently pushed to the margins communities; the traditionally unheard and excluded are actively and intentionally included and valued at the policy-making and resource-sharing table.