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Fawn Bernhardt-Norvell has worked with non-profits and campaigns for over 17 years. She is the Director of Development and Operations and a founder of Wellstone Action. Fawn began her career as the Assistant Finance Director of the Wellstone Alliance in 1994. She continued doing development work for several area nonprofits before landing at The Center for Victims of Torture in 1996.  There, she was Manager of Institutional and Individual Philanthropy, specializing in direct mail, events, and foundation fundraising. In 2001, she joined Paul Wellstone's 2002 U.S. Senate campaign as the Deputy Finance Director.

Fawn volunteers and mentors campaign finance teams for many local, state, and national campaigns. In 2007, she was named a "Forty Under 40" Twin Cities leader by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. Fawn serves as a mentor in the Mentors Connection Program with Intermediate School District 287 in the Twin Cities. She also proudly serves on the Board of Project SUCCESS, a youth-development organization that works with students over a seven-year period, from middle school through high school, to help them develop life-skills that can transform their lives. Fawn earned her B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College, where she won her campaign for Student Body President with the campaign slogan, “Mow the Lawn, Vote for Fawn”.

Fawn is co-teaching a special topics course this semester on the Financial aspects of Advocacy Organizations with Perry McGowan and Dane Smith.

Contact Fawn Bernhardt-Norvell

MAPL 5395: Special Topics - Financial Aspects of Advocacy Organizations


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