Board of Directors
Tiffanie Boyd (Chair) is currently Vice President of Human Resources for the Global Supply Chain at General Mills. She has more than 20 years of experience in HR and is known for her ability to build talent and leadership development programs that maximize performance. Prior to General Mills, Tiffanie was a consultant with Hewitt Associates. She has an MBA and BBA from the University of Michigan Ross Business School. She has served on various community boards and dedicates her time to initiatives focused on closing the education achievement gap. Tiffanie is originally from Detroit, MI and now lives in Minnetonka, MN with her husband Colbert and their sons, Evan and Ian.
Ben Whitney (Vice Chair) began his career as an attorney with the Popham, Haik law firm specializing in regulatory affairs. He spent over a decade in the venture capital field as General Partner of the Gideon Hixon Fund. In 2005 Ben was nominated by President George W. Bush as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway where he served until mid-2009. Since then he has dedicated himself to developing several non-profits with a strong focus on education reform. In 2013 Ben earned a Master’s in Public Policy Management with a focus on education policy from Georgetown University. He has worked with Leadership for Equity in Education, EMPOWER, MN Comeback, school board races, and many other education projects. Ben serves on the board of the Minneapolis Foundation and Great MN Schools, and is Board Chair of MinnCAN, the state’s largest education reform advocacy organization.
Marcie Dewalt is currently Talent Management and Leadership Director, Americas Region for Medtronic, Inc. and is responsible for design and delivery of centralized and customer talent programs to enable business performance. Marcie has served in various HR management positions within Medtronic across the U.S. since 2003. She has a MBA (Management Concentration) and BS (Business Administration) from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL.
Chuck Williams has over 30 years' experience in marketing, market development, strategy, marketing communications, and market research in a variety of industries. Chuck spent 16 years with Medtronic most recently as Vice President of Market Development for the Early Technologies group. He recently started a consulting practice dedicated to helping new medical technologies achieve their full potential. Chuck has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategy and facilitating change within complex organizations. He holds BAs in Political Science and Business Administration from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He and his wife Rachel have three sons and live in south Minneapolis.