With a wide range of professional accounting experience, Lois Epstein serves as the trusted accountant for PFund and a number of other Twin Cities-based nonprofit organizations including the Minnesota Council on Economic Education and Kingfield Neighborhood Association.
Ho Nguyen Program Officer
Ho Nguyen is the former Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator with Pro-Choice Resources, organizing to advance reproductive justice in Minnesota. She has been actively engaged in anti-racist work and social justice strategies for over a decade. Ho’s background is in housing, homelessness and poverty, working to ensure that all people and families have access to safe and affordable housing. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the MN Coalition for the Homeless.
Ho is a queer, first generation-Vietnamese American and a daughter to refugee parents. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She believes in raising social consciousness in herself and others through dialogue and self-reflection. She knows that in order to create systematic changes we must also dismantle the prevailing narratives that coexist with it. She loves coffee, dancing with her nieces and rain.
Trina Olson Executive Director
Trina comes to her role as Executive Director at PFund from Immigration Equality where she served as both Deputy Executive Director and Interim Executive Director. With over a decade spent working on progressive ballot measure and legislative campaigns, Trina brings a wealth of fundraising, messaging and management expertise. Before being with Immigration Equality, Trina spent years fighting for health care, family and LGBT rights at The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Equality California, Family Equality Council and Washington Citizen Action. A seasoned strategist, leader, activist and organizer, Trina is proud to advocate at the intersections of progressive justice issues and LGBT movements.
Henry Schneiderman Communications Manager
In his role as communications manager, Henry shares PFund’s innovative partners, projects and people with LGBTQ communities throughout the upper Midwest. He works across PFund’s communication channels to inspire bold giving, educate donors, recognize next generation leaders and promote the on-the-ground work of our regional grantee partners in advancing healthy, connected and thriving LGBTQ communities.
Henry joined PFund in 2012 to provide written and visual communication support after completing an MFA in printmaking at the University of Kansas. He is passionate about storytelling, art, healing and resilience. Henry can be found in his studio most weekends contemplating printmaking, synthesis and the queer implications of recollection.
Tom Vance Development Manager
Tom Vance is the development manager for PFund Foundation. He comes to us from Des Moines, Iowa where he has spent the last six years as the development and communications coordinator for Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Iowa’s largest regional homeless opportunity center for adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions. In his tenure, Tom raised more than $8 million for operations and a $15 million capital campaign for a new facility completed in September, 2012. His passion for the community and others makes him a great addition to the PFund team.
Tom is a 2009 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Art in Journalism and Mass Communication and minors in Sociology and Horticulture. Journalism led Tom down many paths from campus publications to planning the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity and educating students on issues of White Privilege to joining Delta Lambda Phi. ISU made Tom social justice-oriented and committed to a progressive future.
Jessica Zimmerman Program Officer
Jessica Zimmerman is a program officer at PFund where she supports the scholarship program, grantmaking and targeted initiatives in the upper Midwest region. Jessica comes from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs where she worked with the Policy Fellows program and coordinated public forums for the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. Jessica holds her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Social Relations and is currently pursuing a master’s in organizational leadership from Saint Catherine’s University. An avid consumer of the arts, Jessica serves on the board of the Twin Cities Women’s Choir. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors, trying out new recipes and listening to podcasts.