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EMERGE Leadership Team

Mike Wynne

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. 

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Linda Bryant

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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Kevin Engdahl

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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