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Board of Advocates

Backpack is guided by some of the finest communication and marketing professionals in the Twin Cities. The 21 members of our Board of Advocates (BOA) offer inspiration, credibility, and mentorship to our employees. They come from companies such as Fast Horse, 3M, U.S. Bank, and Weber Shandwick. 

We meet with our BOA twice a year to discuss work, brainstorm growth opportunities, review current industry trends, and receive guidance about professional development.

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  • Portrait of Natalie Bigley

    Natalie Bigley

    Development Officer, College of Liberal Arts UMN

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  • Jordyn DiOrio

    Jordyn DiOrio

    Founder & CEO, MEND Jewelry 

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  • Jim du Bois

    Jim du Bois

    President/CEO, Minnesota Broadcasters Association 

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  • Portrait of Aaron Keller

    Aaron Keller

    Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder, Capsule

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  • Scott Litman

    Scott Litman

    Managing Partner, Equals 3 LLC

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  • Portrait of Nicole Newville

    Nicole Newville

    Founder, Kōse 

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  • Eric Pehle

    Eric Pehle

    President & Owner, EPIC Associates LLC

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  • Jorg Pierach

    Jorg Pierach

    Founder & Creative Director, Fast Horse, Inc

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  • Bob Rumpza

    Bob Rumpza

    Founder, Rumpza Consulting 

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  • Robert Skoro

    Robert Skoro

    Principle Researcher & Strategist, The Social Process

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  • Jack Swift

    Jack Swift

    Marketing Manager, Irish Titan

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  • Chuck Tombarge

    Chuck Tombarge

    Chief Public Relations Officer & Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, University of Minnesota 

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  • Meshach Weber

    Meshach Weber

    Founder/ President & Chief, Digital Strategist, Firebrand Digital 

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  • Chris Werle

    Chris Werle

    President, Werle Consulting 

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  • Amelious N. White, Jr.

    Amelious N. Whyte, Jr.

    Director, Public Engagement, University of Minnesota 

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  • Portrait of Lisa Winkler

    Lisa Winkler

    VP, Marketing at ServeMinnesota

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