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Jun-Li Wang

Springboard for the Arts
Community Development Program Director
Jun-Li Wang is a connector of people, places and ideas. She directs the Community Development Program at Springboard that serves to organize and empower artists, build reciprocal relationships between communities and their artists, and train artists to address community challenges and opportunities. Jun-Li has extensive experience in asset-based community development, community organizing, neighborhood leadership, workshop curriculum design and implementation, and training. She created and led Irrigate, a nationally-recognized creative placemaking program designed to train and support local artists to address community challenges. She’s currently writing her third toolkit for Springboard, Artists Working in Community. Jun-Li’s international experience includes 5 years working in China for several international non-profits including The Asia Foundation and Project HOPE. In 2014 she launched Board Repair, a network organized by and for people of color to create a more effective non-profit sector by increasing participation of people of color on boards in the Twin Cities, for which she was awarded a Bush Foundation President’s Innovation Fund grant. In 2016 Jun-Li received two Knight Foundation grants for Saint Paul Hello, an initiative to welcome and include newcomers more quickly into cool Minnesota. In recent years, Jun-Li has served on the Saint Paul Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Advisory Committee, and the board of Urban Boatbuilders, a metro non-profit serving at-risk youth. Jun-Li holds a BA from Vassar College and MPS in International Development from Cornell University, and though she has lived in Minnesota longer than any other place, some of her heart remains in Berkeley, her childhood home. When time permits, Jun-Li is a craft artist with guerilla art aspirations.