Mossier Social Action & Innovation Center
2733 Inglewood Avenue
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
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Past Team Members

Alex is from Dover, Delaware and received Bachelor degrees in Women’s Studies and Geography. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. Alex’s interests lie in queer migration, social movement dynamics, and LGBTQ community behavior. Her previous research has revolved around the role of policy in influencing LGBTQ migration decisions and LGBTQ online communities. Currently, her work is investigating LGBTQ community dynamics across states. Alex’s interests in global LGBTQ work and LGBTQ community dynamics drew her to working with Mossier. She hopes to provide research and analysis for the LGBTQ community so that policy makers can better support LGBTQ youth in rural and disadvantaged areas.

Graduate Capstone Researcher

Alex Cheatham

Ashley grew up in Muskego, WI and is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota. She is pursuing a degree in Family Social Science with a concentration in Family and Community Engagement and a minor in LGBT Studies. With a passion for politics and LGBTQ+ rights, she has worked in a variety of advocacy and policy roles both here at the State Capitol in St. Paul and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. During her time at Mossier, Ashley was thrilled to be part of a team dedicated to empowerment and advancement of the global LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, Ashley is the coordinator of the Admissions Ambassador program at the University of Minnesota where she is able to combine her leadership skills with her love for the U to work towards creating an open and welcoming campus environment. In the future, Ashley hopes to combine her passions for human rights, public health, and policy to pursue a career in public administration with a focus on making the Twin Cities more equitable and accessible for marginalized communities.

Ashley Weber

Claire Psarouthakis grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and received her Masters of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in May of 2017. Claire served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana from 2012-2014, and during her service worked with the LGBTI community to foster self-empowerment through education, and organizing initiatives. This work served as the foundation for her LGBTQ human rights passion that she has been building upon ever since. Upon returning stateside she took a job as a co-facilitator for an LGBTQ youth group with Ozone House in Ypsilanti, MI, before deciding additional schooling would be necessary. During her Masters Claire focused on research around human rights, and identities of queer communities around the world, and saw the opportunity to work with MoSAIC as the perfect way to finish her degree. Claire wants to make a career supporting queer communities around the world to advocate for their own rights, and believes that financial stability is a key component to that work. When not working on global queer advocacy Claire lives with her partner and their two cats, and sings in the alto section of One Voice Mixed Chorus. ​

Graduate Capstone Researcher

Claire Psarouthakis

Cody Raasch was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin but moved to Minneapolis after High School to attend the University of Minnesota. While pursuing his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Political Science, Cody spent a semester abroad in Kenya where he studied behavioral factors for HIV transmission in the Kisumu area. After graduating, Cody worked for Touchstone Mental Health, a Minneapolis based nonprofit that works with people who have Severe and Persistent Mental Illness in the metro area. Cody is currently finishing a Masters of Development Practice degree and recently worked with Rainforest Alliance in Guatemala. After graduation, Cody hopes to work with an International NGO either focused on building governmental capability or international mental health advocacy. Cody is excited to work with Mossier this spring!

Graduate Capstone Researcher

Cody Raasch

Cyndi Hua grew up in Savage, Minnesota with parents who are refugee immigrants from Vietnam. Her cultural background and difficulties growing up as a minority fueled her passion to advocate for diversity and inclusion for marginalized individuals in the business world and the community. Cyndi is a dedicated ally because of her close friends in the LGBT and the transgender community where she believes she has a voice she can use when others cannot. She is excited about being involved with Mossier and the opportunity of empowering the LGBT community worldwide alongside an incredible team. She is currently pursuing a degree in marketing and leadership at the University of Minnesota where she hopes to utilize her business skills and determination after graduation to continue to work towards bridging the inequality gap in the business world.

Business Development Specialist

Cyndi Hua

Hannah was born in Minnesota but spent most of her growing up years in Colorado. After receiving her Bachelor of Art in Anthropology and French, Hannah worked in a variety of roles in a variety of places including teaching English in Thailand and coordinating volunteers in The Bahamas. Her interest in community-driven development brought her back to Minnesota to study Development Practice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she is currently in her final year. After graduation, Hannah hopes to work with NGOs, both domestically and internationally, to build organizational capacity and grow participatory leadership in communities. She is excited to collaborate with Mossier on sustainable, inclusive tourism in the Dominican Republic to strengthen local LGBT communities and expand international partnerships.

Graduate Capstone Researcher

Hannah Bohn

Katrina grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and moved to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota in 2010. She has her Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the Carlson School of Management, with a focus on Public/Nonprofit Management, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability Studies. While in undergrad, Katrina spent a semester abroad in Kenya, where she was first introduced to the idea of sustainable international development work as a career. After graduating, Katrina worked for WellShare International, a public health nonprofit in Minneapolis working with refugee and immigrant communities. She is currently in her final semester of the Master's in Development Practice program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and looks forward to working with Mossier on LGBTI-focused travel in the Dominican Republic!

Graduate Capstone Researcher

Katrina Becker

Marie grew up in Eagan, MN and is a senior at the University of Minnesota. She's double majoring in Marketing and International Business with minors in German and Sustainability Studies. Having started advocating and campaigning for LGBTQ rights during her high school years, she's passionate about helping marginalized communities gain access to the basic human rights we all deserve. Marie is excited to be working with Mossier because Mossier is helping to create empowering opportunities for the international LGBTQ community. She finds it incredibly rewarding to be a part of a team whose sole purpose is to improve the lives of LGBTQ individuals. In addition to being passionate about LGBTQ advocacy, she's passionate about the protection of the environment and post-graduation, wants to pursue a marketing career for organizations founded upon environmental sustainability.

Marie Olson

Nisarg grew up in Maple Grove, MN, and is going to the UofM to pursue a major in finance and a minor in neuroscience. He currently also works at the Hershey Company as a Strategy Intern, and volunteers for Vibha-UMN. He's passionate about LGBT issues because he's traveled to places around the world and seen the marginalization of LGBT groups. He wanted to change the world, one small step at a time, and he's very excited to join Mossier to be able to join in a coalition across the world. The work he does for Mossier intrigues him because he loves to make a company more successful through critical thinking and analysis. Through his work, he gets to change lives of people and help them live sustainably and happily. He hopes to continue on within finance, and in the future Nisarg wants to join an investment bank or a consulting firm. After that, he wants to start his own non-profit.

Financial Analyst

Nisarg Gandhi

Richa is most recently from Roseville, MN. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/International Relations from Carleton College and is currently pursuing a Master of Human Rights degree at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Given her background as a refugee, she is interested in the rights of minority groups and vulnerable populations. In the summer of 2017, she interned for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, where her appreciation for the value of innovation in addressing the needs of marginalized persons grew. She is inspired by the ‘empowerment’ aspect of Mossier’s work and is excited to be part of the team. When not studying or working, Richa can be seen visiting her family and eating delicious food.

Graduate Capstone Researcher