Leadership Council

The Forge North Leadership Council is a group of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and community leaders that represents the diverse perspectives of the coalition and works to engage all members to establish goals, catalyze ecosystem-wide change, and promote signature projects - always with a focus on founders.

The council isn’t alone. Beyond the council, the Forge North coalition is made up of hundreds of partners working together on projects, in peer groups, and across the community to advance the overall ecosystem. And staff from the GREATER MSP Partnership support the coalition's work toward the Council's goals.

Leadership Council

Amit Dhingra

EVP - Head of Operations
The Huntington National Bank

Brian Gustafson

Managing Director, Investments

Dominic Iannazzo

Ernst & Young LLP

Dr. Paul Campbell

Co-Founder/ Partner
Brown Venture Group

Laura Dunham

Opus College of Business at University of St Thomas

Mary Grove

Managing Partner
Bread & Butter Ventures

Mary Rick

Director of Business Development
City of Saint Paul, Full Stack Saint Paul

Michael Jones

Former Senior Executive VP and Head of Middle Market Banking – Minnesota and Colorado
Huntington Bank

Michelle Tran Maryns

Founder + CEO
We Sparkle

Sarah Bain

Managing Director

Shelisa Demuth

CEO and Founder

Tyrre Burks

Players Health

Project Fellows

Al Cornish

General Partner

Mickayla Rosard

Head of Platform
Groove Capital