EMERGE Leadership Team
President and CEO
Mike Wynne is the President and CEO of EMERGE Community Development. He has led the organization since its launch in 2006. Before that, he served in a succession of positions with Pillsbury United Communities, EMERGE’s heritage organization. He was first hired as a direct service staff person in 1988, and then served as center director, program director, and vice president before launching EMERGE in its current form. As President and CEO, Mike has led the development of a portfolio of highly acclaimed public/private partnerships, community development initiatives and entrepreneurial initiatives.
Mike earned his BA in Sociology and Urban Studies from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has completed graduate certifications in non-profit management and finance at the University of St. Thomas, The James Shannon Institute for Renewing Community Leadership, The Executive Leadership Institute at the University of Michigan Schools of Social Work & Business; and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship.
Mike is a life-long Minneapolis resident and grew up in North Minneapolis and the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. He has been a featured presenter at national and regional conferences and seminars including the Alternative Staffing Alliance, Minnesota Council on Non-profits, United Neighborhood Centers of America and Corporation for Supportive Housing. Mike serves on several non-profit boards of directors and is currently the Board Chair of Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities (MACC), a coalition of 30 Twin Cities human service organizations.
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Executive Vice President, Social Enterprises
Janet Ludden is Executive Vice President of Emerge Community Development with specific responsibility for 4 social enterprise businesses: Second Chance Recycling, Custom Manufacturing, Furnish Office and Home, and EmergeWORKS staffing service.
Ludden is the former President of Momentum Enterprises, a social enterprise now merged with EMERGE. Ludden has over 25 years of executive experience translating the interests of public policy makers, non-profit service providers, and for-profit businesses to identify common goals and achieve mutually beneficial results. She has communicated business needs to non-profit providers of social services and consulted with them to increase their capacity to identify and deliver to business demand and to operate more like businesses themselves. She has worked with businesses to assist them in understanding the compensable skills of non-traditional workers, diversifying their workforce to better reflect their customer and employee base, and to actively deliver to their corporate community citizenship goals. Ludden has worked with policy makers and elected officials to level the playing field for people desiring to re-enter the workforce who are not supported by typical funding streams, and advocating for social enterprise as a credible mechanism for solving complex societal issues.
Ludden holds a BA in Social Service Administration from Metropolitan State University and majored in psychology at the University of Minnesota. Her graduate coursework concentrated on personal psychological services in the School of Social Work at the U of M. Ludden has a rich history in director and officer roles for numerous non-profit boards of directors, Blue Ribbon Commissions and committees aimed at reducing poverty, combatting racial disparities and creating jobs for people ready to make a change in their lives.
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Vice President of Community Based Services
Linda Bryant has more than 26 years of direct service and leadership experience with Pillsbury United Communities and EMERGE. At Pillsbury, she advanced from Youth Worker to Director of the Brian Coyle Community Center. In 2006, Linda moved to EMERGE as Director of Housing. Until 2014 she served as EMERGE’s Youth Programs Director, overseeing Career Development, StreetWerks, the North 4 Project, the Northside Youth Council, and all other youth employment and education initiatives.
Linda has a BA in Psychology from Metro State University and she received a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management in March 2014. She is also GCDF certified (Job Counselor certification) and certified as a Life Coach. Linda
has participated in numerous evidence-based trainings and was instrumental on the planning team for EMERGE’s highly-
acclaimed North 4 project, which serves young men from backgrounds of gang/clique involvement.
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Vice President of Finance & Business Development
Kevin Engdahl is Vice President of Finance and Business Development for Emerge Community Development. He oversees all financial aspects of the organization and is deeply involved with business development activities surrounding EMERGE’s four social enterprises.
Kevin was formerly the Vice President of Finance for Momentum Enterprises which merged with EMERGE in 2015. In addition to having responsibility for all finance and administration functions at Momentum, Kevin led the Custom Manufacturing business and played an integral part in the development and implementation of business development plans. Prior to Momentum, Kevin spent 20 years in the medical device industry where he gained broad operational experience in finance, operations, business development (mergers and acquisitions), product development and marketing.
Kevin holds a B.A in Accounting from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.
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Director of Housing
Marvin Clark is the Director of Supportive Housing. As Director, Marvin is responsible for administering a menu of services to formerly homeless families, managing eight staff members, and overseeing a $1 million budget. Marvin manages EMERGE’s FACT (Fathers and Children Together) transitional housing program (30 units) along with the 23-unit Camden Apartments site, which offers permanent supportive housing as it addresses the fundamental causes of chronic homelessness.
Marvin has over 15 years of management and program coordination experience. Before joining Emerge in 2006, Marvin was the Lead Community Re-Entry Coordinator for Project SOAR at RESOURCE, Inc. and Program Director at Amicus, Inc.
Under Marvin’s leadership, EMERGE’s North Side Job Connection and Reentry Services went from a performance grade of D- to a B. He was instrumental in the receipt of two Department of Corrections and Office of Justice Program grants.
Marvin is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and has completed business administration coursework. He holds Associate Degrees in accounting and bookkeeping from the Layman Center and a certificate in TV/Radio electronics.
Marvin is also very active in the community, where he continues to volunteer and work with those who have a criminal background and/or who are recovering from chemical dependency. Moreover, Marvin is a single father with a 12 year old daughter and he serves as the lead for New Salem Missionary Baptist Church’s Outreach Ministry.
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Director of Workforce Development
Fatima brings 20 years of experience in education, workforce development, social services and youth development to her role as Director of Workforce Development at EMERGE. She has an extensive professional background in program development, project management, program evaluation, budget management and community outreach & engagement strategies.
A skilled facilitator and trainer, Fatima has provided technical support to a number of county-based human service systems and youth serving organizations. She is certified in Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methods, Results Based Facilitation, and the William Bridges Transitions Framework, and also holds a certificate in Social Emotional Development and Resilience from the PEAR Institute of Harvard University.
Fatima is a passionate change-agent that strongly advocates for the resources and support needed for a healthy and productive future. She serves on a number of community and state leadership groups related to racial quality, economic development, youth development, post-secondary education and career readiness.
The North Minneapolis native and resident is the mother of two girls and enjoys traveling and volunteering in her community.
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