Leading Minnesota Toward LGBTQ Equality

OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination.

We envision a state where LGBTQ individuals have equal opportunities, protection and rights. We are working toward the day when all Minnesotans have the freedom, power and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives.

Our focus areas include:

  1. Community Organizing & Coalition Building
  2. Public Policy
  3. Anti-Violence
  4. Law
  5. Education & Training
  6. Youth and Schools Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Network

OutFront Minnesota welcomes all supporters of LGBTQ equity to help us do this important work.

Policy and Organizing Director, she/her
Development Director, she/her
Policy and Organizing Coordinator, he/him
Director of Educational Equity, she/her
Community Access Specialist, she/her or they/them
Trans Organizing Coordinator, they/them
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Sami Heller

Development & Communications Associate, she/her
Youth Advocate, she/her or they/them
Educational & Health Equity Fellow, he/him or they/them
Audra Cowin

Audra Cowin

Anti-Violence Program Director, she/her or they/them
Policy & Organizing Coordinator , she/her
Manager of Operations & Volunteers, she/her or they/them
Policy & Organizing Coordinator, he/him
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Ashley Harp

Anti-Violence Associate Director, they/them or she/her
Digital Organizer, she/her
Communications & Brand Manager, he/him
2019/2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, he/him
Development Consultant, she/her
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Barb Yanish

Finance Director, she/her
Executive Director, she/her

Andrea Smith

Co-Chair of OutFront Minnesota's 501(c)4 Board | Lead Financial Systems Analyst for Life Time Inc. | she/her
Chair of OutFront Minnesota's 501(c)3 Board | Senior Project Manager for Solve | he/him
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Alfred Walking Bull

Co-Chair of OutFront Minnesota's 501(c)4 Board | Strategic Communications for Non-Profit Growth | he/him
Political Director for Gender Justice | she/her
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James Collins

Director of Impact Strategy for United Way | he/him
Board Administrator for the Field Academy | they/them
Policy Researcher for the Movement Advancement Project | he/him
Founder of Elton EyeCare, Inc. | he/him
Chair of OutFront Minnesota's Political Action Committee | Manager of Policy, Legislation & Stakeholder Engagement for the Licensing Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services | she/her
Treasurer of OutFront Minnesota's 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 Boards| Business Owner | he/him
Restorative Justice Practitioner for Community Mediation & Restorative Services | they/them or he/him
Software Developer for Service 800, Inc | she/her

Anne Hodson

Production Manager for One Voice Mixed Chorus & Owner of Anne Hodson Photography | she/her
Executive Director for Women Winning | she/her