Who We Are - Exodus Lending - Exodus Lending

Exodus Lending is the only nonprofit dedicated solely to helping Minnesotans get out of payday lending debt.

What We Do

We get Minnesotans out of payday loan debt and back on track financially by enrolling and supporting them in a 0% interest refinance program, lending up to $1,500 to qualified participants.

Why We Do It

We envision a world where all people are free from the cycle of debt caused by predatory lenders. We seek lasting change for the individuals and families, for financial institutions, and for our society.

Meet Our Staff

Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer

Executive Director

Prior to Exodus, Sara was the Family Services Manager at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, the director of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches’ Center for Families in North Minneapolis and later Minnesota FoodShare. Most recently she was with Sarah’s…an Oasis for Women.

Kaitlyn Szabo

Administrative and Development Associate

Kaitlyn studied urban studies and sociology of law at the University of Minnesota. During her undergraduate career, she spent time working with a research group focused on supporting military families and interning with a tenant’s rights advocacy organization as well as a community foundation supporting social justice initiatives throughout Minnesota.

Anna Li

Program Coordinator

Anna graduated from Augsburg University with a Master's in Business Administration with a focus on social responsibility and stewardship. She is passionate about helping others and has spent many years volunteering for local organizations.

Anika Riewe

Communications and Program Assistant

Anika graduated from the University of St. Thomas where she earned degrees in Justice & Peace Studies and Psychology. She considers herself a people-person and is committed to fighting for equity within communities and social systems.

Belle Huberty

Communications and Fundraising Specialist VISTA

Belle studied Justice and Peace, as well as Sustainability, at the University of St. Thomas. During her undergrad, she conducted research on the role of public transit in sustainable communities, and participated in the Butterfly Train project with Metro Transit. She loves enjoys working with people and exploring the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Executive Board Members

Eric Howard


Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA

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Anne Leland Clark


Financial Capability, Learning Director, Prepare + Prosper

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Sarah Schoolcraft


People Ops Manager, phData

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Nick Scheibel


Advisor, JNBA Financial Advisors

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Board Members at Large

Gary Hess

Board Member


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Gene Hummel

Board Member


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Missy Juliette

Board Member

Finance Professional at the University of Minnesota

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Sonia Palmer

Board Member

Director of Development & Marketing, Family Pathways

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Tonia Brinston

Board Member

Career Coach & Financial Educator

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Vienna Wilson

Board Member

Metropolitan Council

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Exodus Lending Meets Standards!

Exodus Lending is a Charities Review Council Meets Standards Organization! The "Meets Standards" seal demonstrates our alignment with widely accepted standards of accountability, responsibility, integrity, and transparency to donors as well as the general public.
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