The Twin Cities World Refugee Day Celebration is a volunteer-run organization brought to life by individuals at a variety of local organizations that serve refugees and immigrants as well as self-identified refugees and community members. We rely on the skills, expertise, and dedication from members of the community to plan the celebration each year. There are currently 9 subcommittees, each lead by a subcommittee chair.


2017 Co Chairs

Mary Niedermeyer, Event Lead,

Rebekah Jacobson, Marketing Co-Chair

Kelsey Henquinet, Logistics Co-Chair

Ryan Holmquist, Marketing Co-Chair

Yana Lentz, Volunteer Chair

Samantha Vang, Resource Fair and Vendor Chair

Yaomee Xiong, Cultural Stage Chair

Va Yang, Logistics Co-Chair


If you are interested in volunteering on the Planning Committee please contact Mary at

The 2014 Planning Committee were from the following organizations: Diversity Street, New American Alliance for Development, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Twin Cities Chapter, Lifetrack Resources Saint Paul, American Red Cross, Organization of Liberians of Minnesota, SPNN

The 2013 Planning Committee were from the following organizations: African & American Friendship Association for Cooperation & Development, Angel Eyes Foundation, CAPI, Diversity Street, Earle Brown Elementary IB World School,  Episcopal Community Services, Healtheast Care System,  Hennepin County Libraries, Hennepin County Office of Multicultural Services, International Institute of Minnesota,  Karen Organization of Minnesota, Lifetrack Resources, Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program, MORE Multicultural School for Empowerment, Organization of Liberians in Minnesota, United Cambodian Association of Minnesota, WellShare International, and World Relief of Minnesota.