Alfonso Wenker is facilitator, trainer, and philanthropic strategist. He is a total nerd about all things movement-building and philanthropy.
Alfonso fell in love with philanthropy as a nonprofit intern in 2006 and was hired by a LGBT community foundation in 2007 while still in college. He has been engaged in social change work since his early teens. His activism started in doing church-based service work followed by high school and college-campus organizing. Alfonso has a broad range of experience spanning training/facilitation, fundraising, event planning and program development.
He is a queer Latino born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. Alfonso has primarily worked with and for LGBT nonprofits in fundraising and grant-making.
In 2006, Alfonso was a founding member of the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance, a statewide group that works to create welcoming and affirming campus communities.
He graduated from the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota with a B.A. in journalism and mass communication with a concentration in public relations.
From 2007 to 2012 Alfonso served in various staff roles at PFund Foundation, the only LGBT community foundation working across the Upper Midwest. During his time at PFund he professionalized all foundation programs, implemented programs to integrate racial equity frameworks across the organization, increased volunteer participation and engaged new institutional funding partners.
Alfonso has completed One Ummah Consulting “Facilitating Cultural Change” training program, Bush Foundation’s “Art of Hosting” and was trained by The Saint Paul Foundation in its “Facing Race New Conversations on White Privilege” curriculum.
Alfonso has served on a number of boards and committees including NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota Foundation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy-Minnesota and Community Shares of Minnesota. He is the current board vice chair for Pollen, a digital platform dedicated to building better-connected communities
In April of 2010 he was appointed as one of four co-chairs for the 23rd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. His work is featured in the book, “How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career” and he was named a MinnPost/Pollen “under the radar” community leader to know.
Alfonso served as the deputy finance director on the historic Minnesotans United for All Families “Vote No” campaign, the campaign that defeated a proposed anti-same-sex marriage amendment, where he oversaw online and grassroots fundraising as well as the campaign’s statewide fundraising events.
In 2013 he worked for the Bush Foundation where he designed an employment pipeline program focused on diversifying the field of professional grantmaking.
Alfonso currently serves as the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Minnesota
Council on Foundations. In this role he develops professional development content and works with Minnesota grantmakers committed to moving the needle on equity in the State. He is the recipient of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2014 Catalytic Leader Award.
Alfonso enjoys riding his bike, political conversations on patios, watching Downton Abbey and 30 Rock, trying to make Mexican food as well as his mom and gram and going “up north” like any good Minnesotan should.
Alfonso is a proud millennial with a carefully curated social media presence.