Maidan Minnesota is a public advocacy organization that promotes freedom, democracy and civil society in Ukraine. Activities include education and stakeholder relations, and fundraising for humanitarian aid and other needs in Ukraine.
To support the Ukrainian nation in its quest for freedom, democracy, and human rights and raise awareness locally about Ukraine and its people.
An influential teacher leader and teacher educator, Luda comes to Maidan MN board with over 25 years of experience in public education. During her years of teaching, Luda excelled in many capacities: team lead teacher; reading interventionist, new teacher mentor, curriculum and instructional specialist in second language acquisition and literacy. For her demonstrated achievement in producing outstanding student outcomes, Luda was nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2015.
Zina Poletz Gutmanis brings 12 years of public relations and influencer engagement experience to the Maidan MN board. Currently at Weber Shandwick, her experience also includes work at the nonpartisan Urban Institute in Washington, DC and the Ukrainian Legal Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine. Zina also serves on the PR subcommittee for the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor Genocide Awareness 1932-33.
Maria is an inspiring and innovative leader that brings to Maidan MN board more than 15 years of experience in strategy, marketing and global business development. Maria has a proven track record in large business-to-consumer organizations, such as Target Corporation, and business-to-business environments, such as MTS Systems, where she became known for establishing new functions and capabilities.