MN-CCD Workgroups and Committees

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The goal of MN-CCD issue workgroups is to develop policy recommendations for MN-CCD legislative action. The workgroups meet semi-regularly throughout the year.

Joining a workgroup is a great way to focus on a subject matter of interest to you and to meet like-minded advocates from throughout the state.

For further information regarding current activities and opportunities for involvement in the various workgroups, email MN-CCD at

MN-CCD Working Groups

MN-CCD Working Groups serve to provide our membership with the opportunity to gain updated information on policy issues and collaborate and discuss policy challenges they face, as well as strategizing and taking action on timely policy issues. The policy work of MN-CCD is organized through two types of groups, Campaign Task Forces and Issue Working Groups. Each group works in collaboration with the policy committee and staff to direct the policy work of the organization.

Issue Working Groups

  • Monitor legislation
  • Provide information sharing and networking opportunities for member organizations and the greater community
  • Workgroups meet and work during the summer and fall months to construct their position papers for the upcoming legislative session.
  • All workgroups submit a position paper summarizing their positions prior to the legislative session.

During the legislative session, workgroup members and MN-CCD leaders advocate for the legislative changes outlined in the position papers. Some workgroups continue to meet intermittently during the legislative session.

MN-CCD issue workgroups for 2015:

For information about work groups meeting dates and locations, check the MN-CCD Calendar.

Campaign Task Forces

  • Strategize lead public policy campaigns for MN-CCD

MN-CCD Committees

Committee descriptions provide additional insight into the scope of activities and roles and responsibilities within each standing or ad-hoc committee of MN-CCD. Committees are also responsible to fulfill duties as outlined in the organization’s bylaws.

Policy Committee:

MNCCD Policy Committee Description
The mission of the MN-CCD Policy Committee is to develop recommendations for the board that clearly articulate organizational public policy goals that advance the independence and integration of individuals with disabilities. This is accomplished through a robust committee structure that invites and encourages a broad range of issues and perspectives that reflect the diverse needs of the disability committee. Policy Committee co-chairs are Dan Endreson and Susie Schatz.

Grassroots and Communications Committee:

MN-CCD Grassroots Communications Committee Description
The mission of the MN-CCD Grassroots and Communications Committee is to mobilize and increase the capacity of advocates through grassroots advocacy, educational and engagement opportunities. The committee seeks to facilitate connections and enhance collaboration between MN-CCD member organizations and the broader disability community though activities and events. Alicia Munson and Sara Grafstrom co-chair the Grassroots and Communications Committee.

Committees of the Board of Directors

Development Committee:

The Development Committee is chaired by Gene Martinez.
The Development Committee of MN-CCD serves to support the financial stability of the organization and works to ensure our mission-based programming is funded.
The committee, in conjunction with staff and board leadership, is responsible for:
• Planning annual membership drives,
• Identifying prospective members,
• Soliciting membership dues from renewing and prospective members,
• Researching grant opportunities,
• Reviewing and analyzing the organizations funding streams on an annual basis,
• Identifying new funding opportunities,
• Engaging Board members in fundraising activities.

Finance Committee:

The role of the finance committee is to provide financial oversight for MN-CCD. Finance committee members, under the leadership of the Board Treasurer and in conjunction with the Executive Director, are responsible for budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies.
Specifically, the Finance committee is expected to:
• Develop and annual operating budget with the executive director
• Approve the budget within the finance committee prior to presentation to the board
• Monitor adherence to the budget
• Set long-term financial goals, along with funding strategies to achieve them. Setting the goals is the responsibility of the full board, the Finance committee may be responsible for operationalizing some of the goals
• Develop multi-year operating budgets that integrate strategic plan objectives and initiatives, at the direction of the board, and with collaboration from the executive director
• Present all financial goals and proposals to the board of directors for approval
The Finance Committee will also work closely with the Development committee to pursue the financial sustainability of the organization. Andy Pomroy, Assistant Treasurer, chairs the Finance Committee.

Bylaws Committee:

The Bylaws Committee is charged with reviewing the organization’s bylaws and current practices to ensure that they are aligned. If the organization’s practices and bylaws are not aligned, the Committee assesses why this has happened and recommends changes to either the organization’s practices or the bylaws. The Committee also reviews current best practices and governance trends and makes recommendations on those the organization should consider adopting.

Nominations Committee:

The Nominations Committee is charged with regularly reviewing the structure, size and composition (including the skills, knowledge and experience) required of the Board, and is responsible for working with leadership within the organization in identifying and nominating candidates to fill board vacancies when they arise. Under the leadership of Nick Wilkie the committee is expected to:
• Give full consideration to succession planning for Directors, taking into account the challenges and opportunities facing the organization, and what skills and expertise are therefore needed in the future.
• Evaluate the balance of skills, knowledge and experience on the Board and, in the light of this evaluation, prepare a description of the role and capabilities required for a particular appointment.
• Ensure that on appointment to the Board, Directors receive a formal letter of appointment setting out clearly what is expected of them in terms of time commitment, Committee service if appropriate and involvement outside Board meetings.

Personnel Committee:

The functions of the Personnel Committee include drafting and/or revising personnel policies for board approval, reviewing job descriptions, establishing a salary structure, and annually reviewing staff salaries. The Committee assists as needed in the interviewing process for the hiring of staff. The Personnel Committee chair is Linda Simenstad.

Email for information on becoming involved in MN-CCD Issue Work Groups, Campaign Task Forces or Committees.