Lulete Mola is cofounder and president of the Black Collective Foundation MN, Minnesota’s first Black community foundation advancing the genius of Black-led change. She leads the collective in building infrastructure, practicing creative and innovative resource disbursement, growing assets, and expanding Black philanthropic power to advance a new model of philanthropy. Previously, Mola was chief strategy and innovation officer at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, where she led community investments, programming, strategic communications, and bold fundraising that enabled large-scale systems change. In this role, she also led the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, a $10 million public-private partnership to achieve equity in opportunities and improve the lives of young Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color. Mola is devoted to supporting community organizing, movement building, and work to advance women’s political leadership. She is on the Minnesota Council on Foundations board of directors and VoteRunLead’s national advisory board. She is the recipient of the 2020 SOAR fellowship with the Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls, and, in 2022, received a Facing Race award for her work in challenging absent and harmful narratives on race, building solutions, and pushing for justice and equity. Mola graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota, where she recently received the College of Liberal Arts Emerging Alumni Award.
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