Our Mission

Cookie Cart provides teens ages 15 to 18 with lasting and meaningful work,
life and leadership skills through employment and training
in urban nonprofit bakeries.

It’s More than Just a Cookie…

It’s a First Job Experience.

Cookie Cart is the Twin Cities’ leader in youth social enterprise. Our bakeries are classrooms, where hundreds of teens learn and build real world skills that prepare them for successful futures. We combine paid work experience with workshops to promote career and leadership development for youth. And we do all this while operating two commercial bakeries that make incredible
cookies made with real, quality ingredients!

Our History

The idea was simple. Sister Jean Thuerauf invited neighborhood youth into her kitchen for help with schoolwork and to bake cookies. It didn’t take long for there to be more young people than there was room in her kitchen!

In 1988, with help from the community, Sister Jean’s vision for a creative and engaging space for North Minneapolis’ youth was registered as Cookie Cart, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

What began as a cart rolling up and down the streets of North Minneapolis, has grown into two neighborhood bakeries on West Broadway in North Minneapolis and on Payne Avenue in Saint Paul. Along the way, Sister Jean’s vision and legacy has remained our guide: to use cookies as a tool to provide hundreds of neighborhood teens with the job experience and leadership skills they need to have successful futures.

Meet Our Team

Chris Bleichner
Chris Bleichner
Bakery Operations Senior Manager
SunKeria Brown
SunKeria Brown
Executive Administrator
Courtney Castleberry
Courtney Castleberry
Family Achievement Coach – Northside Achievement Zone
Mary Cleary
Mary Cleary
Director of Finance
Catherine Corey
Catherine Corey
Accountant
Shandella Darring
Shandella Darring
Youth Experience Senior Manager
Sadia Dickson
Sadia Dickson
Bakery Manager – Saint Paul
Michelle Edgerton
Michelle Edgerton
Director of Advancement
Emily Greenwald Johnson
Emily Greenwald Johnson
Grants Manager
Matt Halley
Matt Halley
Executive Director
Sara Huelle
Sara Huelle
Development Senior Manager
Beth Leasman
Beth Leasman
Program and Production Associate
Hope Lockett
Hope Lockett
Volunteer Senior Manager
Taylor Lubich
Taylor Lubich
Marketing and Communications Senior Manager
Jordan Purkat
Jordan Purkat
Sales and Customer Service Associate
Stacy Schleeter
Stacy Schleeter
Educational Programs Senior Manager
Steve Stene
Steve Stene
Lead Mixer
PJ Stoe
PJ Stoe
Sales Director

Meet Our Board

James Altman

Chair

Vice President
and Deputy General Counsel
Xcel Energy
Bill Sarvela

Secretary

SVP – Regional Community
Reinvestment Officer
TCF National Bank
Ben Williams

Treasurer

Treasurer Audit Director
BDO
Pam Arnason
Retired CPG Sales Director
General Mills
Charles Broadnax
Senior Vice President
and Division Manager
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
Anahita Cameron
Senior Vice President
Aspen Dental
Eva de Leon
Global Marketing Operations Manager
3M
Allen Debes
General Manager, Central Region
Nexient
Jolynn Fielder
Vice President U.S. Operations – West
American Dairy Queen Corporation
Becky Mallory Finnigan
Principal
Intrepid Real Estate Advisors LLC
Drinal Foster
Sr. Business Support Manager
Wells Fargo
Meg Gehlen Nodzon
Senior Program Officer, Education
GHR Foundation
Willie Harbert
Vice President, Sales
Eaton Corporation
Philomena Satre
Diversity & Inclusion and Strategic External Relationships
Land O’Lakes
Karen Stevens
Procurement Director
Ecolab
Lica Tomizuka Sanborn
Partner
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Toine Warren
Global Marketing Director
Medtronic
Jennifer Willner
President
JW Regulatory Consulting LLC

Download Cookie Cart Annual Reports and Financials

Annual Reports
Download 2019
Download 2018
Download 2017
Annual Financial Audits
Download 2019
Download 2018
Download 2017
Annual Tax Form 990
Download 2018
Download 2017