Join the Northspan Board

Applications Due by Friday, September 11 at 4:00PM

Northspan is pleased to announce the beginning of its recruitment process for up to five new members for its Board of Directors. As in 2019, Northspan is using an open process to solicit new board members and invites members of the public to apply.

“Northspan is excited to welcome in new board members to share fresh ideas and help guide our direction,” said Northspan Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Wainionpaa. “We welcome applicants from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds who share Northspan’s values and are committed to improving economic well-being in the places it serves.”

The Northspan Board of Directors is comprised of 9 to 13 members and holds fiduciary, strategic, and generative responsibilities for Northspan. Board members may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms and are expected to participate in four annual board meetings and serve on at least one committee over the course of their terms.

The application process is open now and applications are due by Friday, September 11 at 4:00 PM. Applicants will interview with the Governance Committee of the Northspan Board of Directors over the second half of September. The committee will notify applicants of its decisions in late October and recommend the new board members at a Northspan Board of Directors meeting on October 29. The new members’ terms will begin in January 2021.

The new board members will fill slots on the board held by Northland Foundation President Tony Sertich, Burggraf’s Ace Hardware and Paint Co-Owner Steve Burggraf, and Cascade Vacation Rentals Partner Mike Larson. All three will complete their second three-year term at the end of 2020. Northspan thanks them for their years of service to Northspan and looks forward to continued collaboration in service of our mission.

The application process is open to everyone & the board desires increased representation from the following:

  • GEOGRAPHY (the Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, and the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, and the Wisconsin Counties of Douglas, Bayfield, or Ashland)
  • ETHNICITY/RACE (black, indigenous, persons of color)
  • BACKGROUND (business & industry, small business, entrepreneurs)

To learn more download our Board Member Position and Committee Descriptions Revised & Approved January 13, 2020

Click RIGHT HERE to submit your application & resume!

Email any questions to Elissa Hansen, Northspan President & CEO,