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Consuelo Gutierrez-Crosby

Secretary

Consuelo joined The Fort's board in 2013 and currently serves on the Tennis2College and Governance committees. She brings a wealth of experience coordinating community partnerships & involvement, managing volunteers and creating social change through her position as Civic Leadership Coordinator at the Civici Engagement Center at Macalester College.

"With a background in non-profit management, I appreciate the unique structure of [FWTEC] as a social enterprise," says Consuelo. "This means that FWTEC is a non-profit with a built-in funding stream that supports the work of Tennis2College. This type of structure allows the organization to fulfill its mission and increase its programmatic services through its relationships with a broad and diverse set of patrons, participants, and other stakeholders. Plus it is a wonderful facility with a dedicated and accomplished staff!" 

Joined the FWTEC board: July 2013 

FWTEC committees served: Tennis2College, Governance 

Professional career: Consuelo has been the Civic Leadership Coordinator in the Civic Engagement Center at Macalester College since 2006. In this role, she manages the Leaders in Service and Bonner Community Scholars Programs. Through these programs, she works with over 55 student leaders and over 50 community partners.  She connects with and mentor students in developing community partnerships, volunteer management, community involvement, and creating social change. In this work, Macalester's CEC has partnered with FWTEC. Currently, FWTEC has connected with Macalester volunteers and this year has a Bonner earning his student employment with the Tennis2College program.

Prior to Macalester, Consuelo worked in the field of youth development with Twin Cities non-profits - United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and West Seventh Community Center.

Post-secondary education: BA (Macalester College); MPP w/focus on non-profit management and social policy (Humphrey Institute for Public Policy & Affairs - University of Minnesota)

Other boards served on: Bonner Foundation National Fellow; Macalester College Staff Advisory Council; West Side Community Organization; Macalester Alumni Reunion Co-Chair; West Side Safe 

Tennis experience: League & recreational play; kids enrolled in FWTEC lessons. In her first year playing competitively in a league, she won the in-house 3.0 league!