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Kayla Zopfi will be joining LeadMN's communications team as a Communications Coordinator.

Get to know Kayla Zopfi, LeadMN's newest staff member!

Kayla is joining LeadMN as a Communications Coordinator! You can contact Kayla at kzopfi@leadmn.org. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND.

In May of 2021 I graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead where I studied Religion, Political Science, and Interfaith Studies. Through my coursework and involvement with Student Government, Residence Life, and other student organizations, I became interested in understanding how people's core values affect the ways they see and interact with their communities and the world around them, and found my passion for community organizing and storytelling. After graduating, I moved
from from Fargo to Minneapolis and jumped into a year of service with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, where I served at the Minneapolis Area Synod(ELCA) as the Communications and Administrative Associate, also doing communications work with Minnesotans for Fair Lending, a coalition working to reform predatory payday lending practices throughout the state. I just finished my year with LVC and the synod at the end of July and am taking with me lifelong friendship, countless new skills, and a re-energized commitment to work that builds and rebuilds just and healthy communities.

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN WORKING FOR LEADMN AND WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING ON?

Through my work with Minnesotans for Fair Lending and the Minneapolis Area Synod(ELCA) I deepened my interest in communications strategy for effective organizing and change-making,
which led me to apply for this position as I began my job search towards the end of my year of service. Alongside connecting with LeadMN staff and student leaders, I’m looking forward to helping tell the stories of the work we’re doing.

WHAT INTERESTS DO YOU HAVE OUTSIDE OF WORK?

In my free time I find myself leaning into my curiosities about the world. I love scrolling through Twitter, listening to podcasts(mostly political and science-based) and audiobooks(mostly multicultural sci-fi/fantasy), and catching up with my people. I also love all things related to astrology, enneagram, human design, etc.