Our committed Board plays a crucial role in promoting Building Dignity’s mission and supporting our work. 

Bryan Frantz, Assistant County Attorney at the Anoka County Attorney’s Office

Bryan holds a JD from the University of Minnesota. He spent eight years in the Juvenile Division of the Anoka County Attorney’s office, focusing on cases that involved abused and neglected children. He currently works in the Civil Division where he represents various departments throughout the county on employment matter and other issues ranging from information privacy to litigation. Bryan has supported social justice projects in Peru for over ten years and is always looking for creative ways to help Building Dignity grow.

Amy Cosimini, Graduate Instructor and PhD candidate in Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota 
Amy is Phd Candidate whose research focuses on the themes of human rights and memory studies in Southern Cone contemporary literature and popular culture. She holds a BA from Macalester College, where she studied Political Science, Latin American Studies and Dance and an MA from the University of Minnesota in Spanish and Portuguese Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics. Amy is deeply engaged in community service and political organizing in the Twin Cities and Latin America. A modern dancer and choreographer, Amy performed in the 2009 Building Dignity benefit concert that raised funds to build the Center for Development with Dignity.

Andrew Mueller, Program Pilots Manager at Minnesota Reading and Math Corps

Andrew is a musician, outdoor enthusiast, and educator who serves on the Building Dignity Advisory Board in Minnesota. From September 2011 to October 2012, Andrew was the Program Director at the Center for Development with Dignity where he expanded the Leadership Academy program for youth and adult neighborhood activists. He also taught music classes, supervised the first round of successful leadership grants, and expanded the reach of the Center's programming in the community. In the U.S. Andrew works as the Program Pilots Manager for Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps where he oversees strategic partnerships with schools and organizations in North Minneapolis and leverages AmeriCorps resources to address the achievement gap in Minnesota.

Emily Hedin, Director of Community Engagement at Breakthrough Montessori

Emily is the co-founder of Building Dignity and served as executive director until 2015. She holds a master's degree in international development from the University of Oxford and has worked with the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, the Inter American Development Bank, and the United Nations. Her commitment to international development led her to work in Senegal, Peru, Bolivia, and Costa Rica. Emily lives in Washington, D.C. where she is Director of Community Engagement at Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School.  Emily is particularly influenced by Montessori pedagogy, and she is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap in education.  

Paul Dosh, Associate Professor of Political Science at Macalester College

Paul co-founded Building Dignity and has worked in Peru since 2001. A graduate of Lake Country School, Carleton College, and UC Berkeley, he is an expert on Latin American social movements and he teaches political science at Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Grounded in liberation theology and Montessori philosophy, he has been involved in social justice since age 12, when he visited Nicaragua with Project Minnesota-León. Visit Paul's web page.