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Board of Directors

Hiawatha Academies Board of Directors is tasked with ensuring that the mission and values of the Hiawatha schools are met, and providing guidance to ensure Hiawatha’s long-term growth and vitality. The Board of Directors works closely with the Leadership Team to chart a course for Hiawatha Academies and meets regularly throughout the year. Our Board members are drawn from the fields of business, education, healthcare, legal, and philanthropy and share a commitment to grow Hiawatha scholars into leaders.

Board Members can be reached at: boardchair@hiawathaacademies.org

The Board Chair has determined that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic and the Executive Orders of the Governor to stay at home, an in-person meeting is not prudent, and that attendance of anybody at the regular meeting location is not prudent.  Therefore, in accordance with Minn. Stat. 13D.021, this meeting will be conducted by telephone conference.

Zoom Link
or call 1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 971 5834 8633
Passcode: 527820

**The Board of Directors is committed to receiving public comments during the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding suspension of in-person public Board of Directors meetings. As part of this effort, the Board is inviting interested members of the public to submit written comments to the following email address 48 hours in advance of each meeting (hello@hiawathaacademies.org). Subject to the requirements that commenters exercise proper decorum and respect for individual student/employee privacy, the Board of Directors will assemble the written comments and make them available for review by the public via a link that will be placed on the website.**

Board Members

Chair | Margarita Dimas Cultu
Her Next Play
Director | Pam Langseth
Social Venture Partners (Retired)
Director | Chels Elsberry
Hiawatha Academies Teacher
Director | Alicia Muñoz
Macalester College
Vice Chair | Gerardo Alcazar
Blackwell Burke
Director | Jason Brandenborg
The Brandenborg Foundation
Director | Roberto Lazo
Hiawatha Academies Teacher
Director | Jennifer Stern
Great Minnesota Schools
Director | Jamil Salaam
Hiawatha Academies Parent
Director | Jon Schwartz
College Possible
Secretary | Penny Leporte
General Mills
Treasurer | Robbie Soskin
Yum! Kitchen and Bakery

Board Committees

Executive Committee
Margarita Dimas Cultu
Gerardo Alcazar
Penny Leporte
Robbie Soskin
Family and Community Engagement
Roberto Lazo
Alicia Muñoz
Jason Brandenborg
Penny Leporte
Jamil Salaam
Gerardo Alcazar
Jennifer Stern
Margarita Dimas Cultu
Chels Elsberry
Finance & Facilities
Jon Schwartz
Jason Brandenborg
Robbie Soskin
Pam Langseth

Upcoming Meetings

  • February 24, 4 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.
    Meeting via Teleconference
  • April 28, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Meeting via Teleconference
  • June 9, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Meeting via Teleconference