Staff

Emily Shields, Acting Executive Director
eshields {at} compact(.)org, 612-436-2081
Prior to beginning at Iowa Campus Compact in 2011, Emily served as Chief of Staff of the Rebuild Iowa Office, a state agency created to coordinate Iowa’s recovery from the 2008 disasters. She also served as the Senate Liaison and Policy Adviser to Governor Chet Culver. Emily also worked in field organizing and fundraising for campaigns including the Chet Culver Committee, John Kerry for President and for the Democratic National Committee. Emily has a Master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor’s from the University of Iowa in journalism and political science. After graduation she spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

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, Program Coordinator
chagnon {at} augsburg(.)edu, 612-359-6464

Jaquelyn previously served as the VISTA Leader for the College Health Corps and 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. She has also worked for the YMCA Twin Cities, including the University YMCA, and St. Stephens Human Services.

Rachael Houston, Minnesota Election Engagement Organizer
rachael {at} campuselect(.)org, 612-359-6453

Rachael is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities studying American politics and political psychology. She is interested in how people form and organize their political opinions, the motivations people have to become politically engaged, and the relationship between political knowledge and political decision-making. She is excited to be working with Campus Election Engagement Project and MN Campus Compact to bring her research to life. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, she lived in South Carolina and attended Coastal Carolina University for a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Communication.

Kritika Singh, College Health Corps VISTA Leader singhk {at} augsburg(.)edu, 612-359-6461

Kritika is serving as the College Health Corps VISTA Leader for the 2018-19 year. She completed her first year of service as a VISTA at the University of Minnesota Rochester, supporting the wellness of underrepresented students. Kritika earned her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences and a certificate in global health from the University of Wisconsin Madison.