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 V | Co-Chair

Elizabeth Sarquis | Co-Chair
Founder and CEO, Jukko + Global Gaming Initiative

David Scott | Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Sunrise Banks

Dawn Baker, MSW | Secretary
Director, Learning and Development Solutions, City of Minneapolis

Paul Bachleitner
Communications Director, Northwest Area Foundation

John Hardy
Field Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Best Buy

Josine Peters
Community Advocate & Déclarer

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

Philip Xiao

Blanca Martinez Gaviña
Executive Analyst, City of Richfield


Marnita's Table is a 501(c)3. Our fifteen-year old organization seeks to close gaps across difference through making Intentional Social Interaction the new pattern for society where people of color, the disenfranchised, the poor, the unheard, the fragile, the LGBTQ+ and anyone who is normally left out of community decision making are automatically included and valued at the policy-making and resource-sharing table.