ywca Minneapolis

Connect With Us

Dr. Arnoldo Curiel

Dr. Anoldo Curiel, YWCA Vice President of Racial Justice and Public Policy

Arnoldo provides leadership, vision and represents YWCA Minneapolis on racial equity and public policy related issues both locally and nationally.

Prior to joining YWCA Minneapolis, Arnoldo worked in higher education for almost 10 years, most recently at College of St. Scholastica, where he was an assistant professor and continues to adjunct for the Graduate Teaching Licensure program.

He has provided countless multicultural trainings for organizations. He is an Intercultural Development Inventory® Qualified Administrator for YWCA Minneapolis. Arnoldo is a graduate of Metropolitan State University. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and an Educational Doctorate from Hamline University.

Leah Eby

Leah Eby, YWCA Community & Civic Engagement Specialist

Community & Civic Engagement Specialist
leby@ywcampls.org
612-215-4143

Leah uses her years of experience in community organizing and advocacy to engage members of the YWCA Minneapolis community in advocating for early childhood education, youth development and racial equity.

Leah’s knowledge and experience with municipal, state and federal policies and procedures supports the team’s work and goals in governmental settings.

Leah is motivated and inspired by the power of individuals’ stories to influence change. Leah is an Intercultural Development Inventory® Qualified Administrator for YWCA Minneapolis. Leah holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Carleton College.

Chau Espenson

Chau Espenson, YWCA Racial Equity Coordinator

Racial Equity Coordinator
cespenson@ywcampls.org
612-215-4161

Chau’s experience in operations, recruiting, training and development, marketing, technology, programs and events, customer service and client/vendor management and operations is key to the work she provides at YWCA Minneapolis.

Chau believes that leadership diversity is critical to the success of all organizations and values diverse perspectives. She is active in the community and has volunteered for organizations committed to children’s health, education, wellness and animal advocacy. She is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of leaders. Chau is an Intercultural Development Inventory® Qualified Administrator and Racial Justice Facilitator for YWCA Minneapolis. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Human Resources from the University of St. Thomas.

Alicia Sojourner

Alicia Sojourner, YWCA Racial Equity Consulting Manager

Racial Equity Consulting Manager
asojourner@ywcampls.org
612-215-4124

Alicia is a self-proclaimed Hip-Hop Purist and Racial Equity Consultant Manager with YWCA Minneapolis, in that order. They are driven by supporting opportunities to capitalize on innovative practices within organizations that improve their workplace culture by addressing some of our most difficult social workplace problems. Alicia is instrumental in leading YWCA Minneapolis to the position of “market leader” in the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Consulting business. Alicia’s work includes but is not limited to: Team Development, Equity Toolkits, Baseline Assessments, Diversity and Inclusion Workshops, Identity-Driven Leadership for Leaders of Color/LGBTQ, Consultancy and Executive Coaching. 

Alicia is an Intercultural Development Inventory® Qualified Administrator, Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation & Leadership Trainer, Racial Justice Facilitator and Trainer, and Real Colors® Personality Certified Facilitator. 

Over the years Alicia has been involved in many personal activities including: Aeon Board of Directors supporting homes for all, member of Interfaith Children’s Advocacy Network, leading a support group for parents who are parenting on their own, raising awareness of the opportunity gap of children with disabilities in communities of color and work to end disparities in employment for LGBTQ2S of Color in Minnesota.

Alicia has been awarded the Beat the Odds Award through Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota, Young Alaka'i Award for working with marginalized youth, and winner of Inspiring Women by the WNBA Minnesota Lynx.

*Please note: Alicia uses They/Them/Their pronouns.