Senior Regional Development Planner

Dawn oversees the Welcoming Communities initiative to attract and retain a qualified workforce in Region 5. As a Qualified Assessor, Dawn delivers Intercultural Development Inventory Assessments to groups and individuals as a tool to help communities bridge cultural differences, improving quality of life and economic vitality for all. Dawn works with Welcoming Community Advisory Groups to assist in finding ways to implement welcoming community goals that they set as a community. Placemaking is another focus of Dawn’s work. She works in tandem with the Sprout MN team, assisting with grant deliverables, Marketplace events, art cart initiatives, and other art-based events and activities. Additionally, she helps to build community capitals and value chains using the WealthWorks model, which increases local wealth and ownership. She is currently working on placemaking, local foods and energy value chains.  


Dawn serves on the Five Wings Arts Council, Pillager Education Foundation, and Brainerd Lakes Pride board. She holds a master's degree in Education from the University of MN, Duluth. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Event Planning and in Natural Resource Management.

Dawn can be reached directly at 218.894.6013 or via email at despe@regionfive.org

200 1st Street NE Suite 2 | Staples, MN 56479 | 218.894.3233

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