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 Johnson

Outreach/Fundraising Specialist VISTA

Anika is a recent graduate from the University of St. Thomas where she earned degrees in Justice & Peace Studies and Psychology. Here she developed a passion for social justice and fighting inequity. In this role at Exodus Lending she hopes to learn community engagement skills that she can use to strengthen the organization and carry through to her future career.


Executive Board Members

Meghan Olsen-Biebighauser

President

Parish Organizing Leader, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Eric Howard

Vice-President

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

Sean P. Cole

Secretary

Executive Vice President – Chief Administrative Officer, Lake Area Bank & Roundbank

Nicole Haverly

Treasurer

Director of Credit Risk Management, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union


Board Members at Large

Anne Leland Clark

Board Member

Financial Capability, Learning Director, Prepare + Prosper

Dolores “Laney” Ohmans

Board Member

Director of Development and Communications, HECUA

Chris Romano

Board Member

Director of Strategic Operations, Thrivent Holdings, a division of Thrivent Financial

Nick Scheibel

Board Member

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

Sarah Schoolcraft

Board Member

Employee Experience Specialist, phData

Jeff Siemon

Board Member

VP, Investor Relations Officer, General Mills, Inc.


Our Supporting Partners 2018

Academy of Our Lady of Lourdes

Affinity Plus Foundation

Church of St. Mary of the Lake

Community of St. Martin

Constance Hillard Coyne Fund

Fidelity Charitable

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

InFaith Community Foundation

Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church

Mary's Pence

Mayflower Church

Nativity Lutheran Church

Network for Good

New Life Presbyterian Church

PayPal Giving Fund

Saint Paul Federation of Teachers Local 28

Schwab Charitable Fund

Sisters of St. Joseph, St.Paul Province

The Church of St. Joseph the Worker

The Mennonite Foundation, Inc.

The Patch Foundation

The Ron and Kathy Colby Family Foundation

Thrivent Choice Dollars/ Thrivent Action Team

Transfiguration Lutheran Church

Twin Cities United Methodist Women

U.S. Bank Foundation (Employee Matching Gift Program)

Unity Church-Unitarian of St Paul

Valley of Peace Lutheran Church

Vanguard Charitable

White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church

YourCause, LLC


Our Supporting Partners in 2017

Cargill

Christ Church Lutheran

Christ the King Lutheran Church Foundation

ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants

Faith Lutheran Church Endowment Fund

Fidelity Charitable

Galilee Evangelical Lutheran Church

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Lake Area Bank

Mary's Pence

Minneapolis Foundation

National Christian Foundation Twin Cities

New Life Presbyterian Church

Ritzman Realty

Schwab Charitable Fund

Sisters of St. Joseph, St.Paul Province

The Barnabas Group

The Church of St. Joseph the Worker

The Patch Foundation

The Ron and Kathy Colby Family Foundation

Transfiguration Lutheran Church

Unitarian Universalist Church of Willmar

University Lutheran Church of Hope

Vanguard Charitable

YourCause, LLC

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church