Ini Augustine (she/her) is the CEO of SocialWise Media Group, a Minneapolis digital marketing firm. She is a previous Aspiring Businesswoman of the Year for NAWBO Iowa, The National Association of Women Business Owners. As the host of a weekly show/podcast, Street Genius radio, she examines the reality of entrepreneurship for Black, Latino, Asian, and Native business owners. You can follow her on Instagram @SocialWiseMedia.
Rashanda Bruce (she/her) is a co-founder of LOCUS, and an Associate at Fox Rothschild LLP. Rashanda graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of law where she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Kate Menendez and the Honorable Sara Grewing. While in law school, Rashanda worked as a student attorney for the Child Protection Clinic and Innocence Clinic. She also served as co-president of the Mitchell Hamline Black Law Students Association, participated in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court, and was the administrator and a student member of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court.
Prior to attending law school, Rashanda worked as a paralegal at Robins Kaplan LLP. She has coached cheerleading for over a decade and currently serves as the Program Director and Head Cheerleading Coach for the Apple Valley Elementary and Middle School teams, where she instills and builds confidence and pride in young girls.
Rashanda is a member of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, and also serves as a housing court volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyers Network.
Aamina Mohamed (she/they) is a poet, organizer, and visionary located in St. Paul, MN. Best known for her sharp analysis and fierce leadership, Aamina has made an incredible impact on those in her community. In her past, she’s done everything from coordinating and planning successful events to helping create a social/digital/archival movement with #BlackOutEid. Amo has connected with her community, small and big. Her message is one of reaffirmation, validation, and humanity.
Lindsay Pluger (she/her) is a nonprofit professional with a great deal of experience with youth leadership and community engagement. Currently, Lindsay is at Breakthrough Twin Cities assisting in programming and operations logistics for the nine-week summer program at the Mounds Park Academy site.
Prior to Breakthrough Twin Cities, Lindsay’s experience nonprofit leadership experience has been as a Program Manager at Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF). STLF provided Lindsay the space to create & implement, as well as train others on programming at partnering nonprofits, middle schools, high schools, and colleges nationwide.
In addition to the LOCUS Leadership Team, Lindsay also serves on the board for Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT).
Thet-Htar Thet (she/her) is originally from Yangon, Myanmar and moved to Minnesota five years ago to attend Carleton College. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Political Science/International Relations and Education and has always been interested in the intersection between social justice, racial equity, education systems and politics.
Currently, Thet-Htar works as a College Possible Coach at Highland Park High School, where she works with low-income, predominantly students of color, to provide support and resources to access college. With College Possible, she is additionally a Recruitment Ambassador and works on the National Committee on the Treatment of Others Policy – working towards College Possible’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Outside of her work, Thet-Htar enjoys writing creative non-fiction and poetry about life and all its wonderful and chaotic things.
Diane Tran (she/her) is the founder of Minnesota Rising and LOCUS, and the Senior Director of Community Engagement at Fairview Health Services.
Previously, she provided strategic consulting services at Grassroots Solutions, directed Minnesota field activities for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ program to advance federal clean energy policies, and coordinated a local public health advocacy campaign to advance the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, a statewide smoke-free workplace policy protecting Minnesotans from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
Diane serves on the boards of The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations, The College of Saint Scholastica, and Propel Nonprofits.
Thank you to our former LOCUS Leadership Team members for leaving a powerful legacy and firm foundation for our current efforts!
- Kristell Caballero Saucedo
- Anna Hardemann
- Tenzin Kunsal