Staff

JulJLP 1ie Plaut, Executive Director
julie {at} mncampuscompact(.)org, 612-436-2081

Julie Plaut’s work is grounded in an asset-based approach to collaboration and change and a deep commitment to lifelong learning and engagement that contributes to just, democratic, and sustainable communities. In 2009 she returned to Minnesota Campus Compact, which she previously served as Associate Director, after several years as Director of Academic Initiatives for national Campus Compact and an independent consultant to other state Compacts and nonprofit organizations. Julie received her Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, where she taught several service-learning courses and helped to establish and lead the campus office for community partnerships. She also holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University. Her community engagement includes co-chairing the board of the Minnesota Alliance With Youth and serving on the board of the Prairie Oaks Institute.

Sinda Nichols, Associate Director
sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org, 612-436-2080
Sinda joined Minnesota Campus Compact in October 2013. She has a background in counseling, education, and social change work and is an experienced trainer and facilitator. Before joining the Compact, she managed the Speak Up! Speak Out! youth action civics initiative at the The University of Texas at Austin’s Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. Sinda holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Carleton College, is an alumna of HECUA, and has a master’s degree in social work from The University of Texas at Austin. She also sees her time as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Minneapolis Public Schools as a critical component of her education. She serves on the board of the Waite Park Community Council in Northeast Minneapolis and loves cooking, dancing, and spending time outside. 

 Jaquelyn Chagnon, College Health Corps VISTA Leader vistaleader {at} mncampuscompact(.)org, 612-359-6464

Jaquelyn is the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for the 2017-18 College Health Corps VISTA cohort. She previously served as a VISTA at a local health department in North Bend, OR working on public health department accreditation, and believes the VISTA program is an invaluable program and resource. Jaquelyn received an individualized B.S. in Public Health, Addiction Studies, and Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Prior to joining AmeriCorps, she worked for the YMCA Twin Cities, including the University YMCA, and St. Stephens Human Services.

Sarah Abe, MSW Intern
abes {at} augsburg(.)edu, 612-359-6453

Sarah is a third year dual Masters degree student in Public Policy and Social Work at the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about community engagement and social change and currently works as the manager of Daybreak Bookshop, a local nonprofit business and community gathering space. She serves on the boards of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) and Sisters Need a Place (SNAP), working to increase civic engagement, leadership development, and economic opportunity. She also holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.