Board Opportunities

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute


When terrible things happen, our peace is stolen from us. Most people want to build peace back into their lives and communities. The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute (i.e. Peacebuilding) teaches how to transform psychological trauma into nonviolent power with positive productive alternatives to revenge to guide individuals and communities to build peace back into their lives and communities.

In June 2010, Donna L. Minter, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and forensic psychologist, brought Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – the STAR Training to Minneapolis. STAR was created at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Virginia with a $2,000,000 grant following the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
After community requests for STAR, Minter founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute to administer more STAR trainings and raise funds to ensure racial and economic equity at the trainings.

You can learn about Peacebuilding’s trainings and events on our website: While Peacebuilding’s trainings are accessible for laypersons, Minnesota’s licensing boards have designated Peacebuilding as an approved continuing education provider for mental health professionals, nurses, teachers, and attorneys. Peacebuilding now has over 3800 graduates; 33% of these graduates are from racially and culturally diverse communities and 80% of graduates are women.

Strategic Priorities

1. Provide our online and in-person trainings and events for Greater Minnesota as well as the Twin Cities.
2. Strengthen the organization’s financial sustainability to support current staff.
3. Develop a train-the-trainer program so that we have trainers who represent all of Minnesota’s diverse communities.

Annual Budget: $200,000 – Earned Income, Foundations, Government Grants or Contracts


Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute is seeking board members with skills in the following areas:

  • Board Governance
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Strategic and Business Planning

We seek racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse board directors who represent a rich cross-section of Minnesotans.


  • Number of members currently: 6
  • Meeting time and frequency: 10-11 meetings annually
  • Meeting location: Minneapolis
  • Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes


  • Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month
  • Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
  • Service on Committee Required: Yes
  • Length of Term: 2 Years
  • Renewable: Yes

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5200 47th Avenue South, Suite 101 Minneapolis, MN 55417


To instigate, train, and support racially, sexually, religiously, ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse individuals and organizations to become trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, and restorative justice-focused, empowering communities in Minnesota, the USA, and around the world.