Northside Funders Group



Sarah Clyne

Executive Director, Northside Funders Group

Sarah Clyne is the Executive Director for Northside Funders Group (NFG), an integrated partner of the Center for Economic Inclusion. Prior to NFG, Sarah was the Executive Director for Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) where she helped establish an innovative and transformational birth-to-3 therapy program, re-instated adolescent programming and engaged in projects within Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis to end gender-based violence. In addition, Sarah served as Executive Director of Joyce Preschool, which was awarded the Nonprofit Excellence award in 2013.

Sarah serves on the board of directors for Propel Nonprofits and WATCH MN. She also served on Mayor Hodges’ Cradle-to-K Cabinet and the Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations. She is a founding advisory board member for Educators for Excellence-Minnesota.

Sarah is passionate about education, social justice, ending gender-based violence, and building cross-sector relationships to dismantle disparities in our communities. Sarah received a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish, both from the University of Minnesota.


Sarah Hernandez

Program Officer, The McKnight Foundation

Co-Chair, Northside Funders Group

Sarah works within the Foundation’s Region and Communities program area. The program encourages efficient and sustainable regional development in the Twin Cities that creates livable communities and expands opportunities for all to thrive. Hernandez oversees the Environmentally Vibrant Neighborhoods portfolio. Hernandez has served on several advisory boards and committees of area nonprofits including the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Twin Cities LISCNexus Community Partners, and Minnesota Green Communities.

Jo-Anne Stately

Director of Impact Strategy, Economic Vitality, The Minneapolis Foundation

Co-Chair, Northside Funders Group

Jo-Anne has been involved in philanthropy for 20 years. She currently oversees the Foundation’s focus area of economic vitality that concentrates on having an inclusive and prepared workforce, investing in minority owned business development, providing career options that lead to sustainable wages, and building wealth and assets in target communities. An enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa, White Earth Nation and Pillager Band, Jo-Anne remains active in other volunteer opportunities, including serving on the boards of the American Indian Cancer Foundation, Native American Community Clinic and the Regents Advisory Council for the University of Minnesota.

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