Employee Spotlight

Tahnee Trenberth - October Featured Employee

Upon graduation from the University of Minnesota Duluth with degrees in Communication and International Studies, Tahnee pursued a Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) in Organizational Ethics and Compliance. Tahnee is passionate about using her understanding of the legal system to create meaningful systemic change. Through postgraduate opportunities, she was led into nonprofit work by her desire to serve others in a way that preserves civil rights, promotes equity and justice, and mobilizes money to organizations and individuals who do impactful work. Tahnee found her way to JMA by coupling these passions with an undying love for writing that she has had since she was young. It has been her longstanding dream to become a published author, with her sights set on creating either a poetry or children’s book. At present, her very favorite things to do include writing poetry, creating masterpieces with makeup, laughing with her best friends, listening to music nonstop, drinking too much coffee, promoting mental health and body acceptance, and spending all of her money on concerts and traveling.

Briefly describe what you do in a day.

My day is typically content heavy. I often work on LOR’s, LOI’s and full grant applications for a variety of funders. I also research prospective funders and deep dive into organizations and funders to best find fits for their funding. Additionally, I check in with the team each day and fill in wherever there is a need. I have also recently taken on some communications work.

What is the best part of your job?

Honestly, the satisfaction of knowing when quality work is produced. There is a sense of accomplishment and pride when we are able to give organizations the best chance of being supported in the work they do through funding and grant opportunities. The peak is when we learn that a client is funded.

What is your proudest moment at JMA?

Recently I had the opportunity to write a grant for an education client. It was a bigger grant and one of the first that I wrote mostly on my own. The client ended up getting funded, which was very exciting.

What are three words to describe yourself?

Thoughtful, resourceful, compassionate.


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What’s one thing we wouldn’t necessarily know about you?

I have a pet albino Hedgehog named “Tato”.

What is the best meal you’ve had?

The best meal I have ever had was chicken tagine and couscous when I lived in Morocco. It was a goodbye dinner put together by my host family. It was a pinnacle meal, both emotionally and taste wise.