Kirsten Johnson, Director of Community Engagement and Systems Change

Kirsten Johnson is the Director of Community Engagement and Systems Change at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, where she manages a portfolio of community-driven projects aimed at creating equity. Kirsten’s work focuses on engagement, collaboration and systems change addressing complex challenges impacting the communities that Wilder serves. Kirsten brings the lenses of emotional intelligence, intercultural competence and network weaving to all of her work. 
Kirsten studied Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Minnesota and has worked in the nonprofit sector on collaboration and community development for over fifteen years.  Prior to coming to the Wilder Foundation, Kirsten’s work supported a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the StreetWorks Collaborative, VEAP, and Arc Greater Twin Cities.
Contact Kirsten at or 651-280-2492.

Sindy Morales Garcia, Program Associate

 Driven by a commitment to equity and wholeness, Sindy works with Wilder’s Community Initiatives team to catalyze the cultural shifts needed to co-create transformational and sustainable change. Her work is informed by a rich tapestry of experiences in higher-education advocacy, community collaborations, and faith-based activism. As a facilitator, Sindy enjoys cultivating spaces of meaningful reflection and dialogue that enable participants to strategically advance new thinking and action in their lives and work.
Originally from Quetzaltenango Guatemala, Sindy comes from a family of community organizers. Her family’s narrative of struggle, resilience, and strategic disruption led her to center her personal and educational journey on deepening her understanding of liberation, healing, and social justice. This includes a degree in Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University, community organizing and public policy at the Silberman School of Social Work, and liberation theology and social ethics at Union Theological Seminary.
Contact Sindy at or 651-280-2397.

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