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 $1,000 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.

Executive Board Members

Eric Howard


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

Anne Leland Clark

Vice- President

Financial Capability, Learning Director, Prepare + Prosper

Sarah Schoolcraft


People Ops Manager, phData

Nicole Haverly


Product Director, Visible Equity

Board Members at Large

Gary Hess

Board Member


Missy Juliette

Board Member

Finance Professional at the University of Minnesota

Dolores “Laney” Ohmans

Board Member

National Network of Abortion Funds

Meghan Olsen-Biebighauser

Board Member

Congregational Organizer for Economic Justice, Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA

Nick Scheibel

Board Member

VP, Private Wealth Advisor, U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management

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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