Co-founder and PresidentCompany: Team Dynamics LLC
Role: Session Presenter
2019 Conference Session:
Bodies, Gender, Sexuality and the Workplace
2020 Conference Session: Bodies, Gender, Sexuality and the Workplace (SEM-B)
Post: Podcast Ep. 40 – The Ubiquity of Masculine Leadership Traits
2021 Conference Session: Organizational Transformation Through Intercultural Development (S4-G)
Alfonso Wenker is a seasoned executive leader and facilitator of transformational organizational culture and strategy campaigns. Serving in major leadership roles within the field of philanthropy, Alfonso has been responsible for driving sector- and systems-wide change to diversify both perspective and personnel in order to better steward resources responsible for underwriting major movements.
A Latinx, gay, cisgender man, Alfonso was born and raised on the west side of Saint Paul, Minn., to a Mexican mother and white father. Consequently, he has often been the ‘first’ or ‘only’ person on a team who is a Person of Color, gay person, or both throughout his career. He has experienced, first-hand, how the attempted diversification in the U.S. workplace has both made strides and done accidental harm.
Prior to co-founding Team Dynamics, Alfonso served as the vice president for the Minnesota Council on Foundations, which collectively supported member organizations overseeing more than $20 billion in resources. He also co-chaired the National Creating Change Conference, the largest annual gathering of LGBTQ+ organizers in the country. In 2012, Alfonso took a leave of absence from philanthropy in order to play the role of deputy finance director for the historic Minnesotans United for All Families Campaign.
Alfonso is a highly sought-after speaker and executive coach. His leadership has been recognized with a 40 Under 40 Award – 2017, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal; Facing Race Anti-Racism Award – 2016, The Saint Paul Foundation; Catalytic Leader Award – 2014, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; and he recently completed his tenure as board president of Pollen Midwest.