Mary Ann Kristiansen

Executive Director

Born and raised in Minnesota, Mary Ann Kristiansen has been skillfully leading the Hannah Grimes Center since its founding in 1997.


Sara Powell

Program Director

An integral part of the team, Sara is managing and developing the Center’s programs, including its workshops, incubator program, and startup lab.

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Susan Fay

Operational Director


Evgeniya Eremina

Operations & Marketing Coordinator

Evgeniya oversees marketing, social media, and communications, and supplements support in daily operations.


Julianna Dodson

Deputy Executive Director and Radically Rural Director

Julianna is our first ever Radically Rural Director! She oversees all things Radically Rural, including the annual summit, year-round programming, Local Economy Indicators project, and our national network. She also oversees Hannah Grimes Center’s staff and programming at Deputy Executive Director.