Who We Are
Nicole Lindemyer, Executive Director
Nicole is an attorney with two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector working on behalf of people living with poverty, abuse, discrimination, homelessness, and other forms of oppression.
After earning her Juris Doctorate degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, she received a prestigious Equal Justice Fellowship in 2001 to work with the Housing Discrimination Law Project of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis on the issue of sexual extortion in the rental housing market; her research in this topic was published in Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice in 2000. Prior to law school, she earned a degree in English summa cum laude from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Following her fellowship, Nicole worked as a Program Manager with the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, then moved to Pennsylvania, where she held positions as Public Policy Manager with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Community Education Director for the YWCA York. She led the statewide implementation of the nationally-renowned Lethality Assessment Program in Pennsylvania, training police officers to partner with domestic violence advocates in cases involving victims facing a high risk of being killed by their abuser.
After returning to Minnesota, she worked as Executive Director of Breaking Free in Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Nicole specializes in the complex intersection of violence, homelessness, and poverty, with a keen eye toward how systemic oppression based on gender, race, ethnicity, language, and economic status limit people’s options and access to justice, safety, and prosperity. She has lobbied, lectured, trained, and written extensively on these issues, and has received awards for her public policy advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic violence.
Lynn Hu, Program Manager
Lynn is dedicated to the intersection of environmental and social justice. She has worked in areas of climate change research, environmental education, and domestic violence.
In 2015, Lynn spent several months in Tanzania studying wildlife management and policy. Through a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and the School for Field Studies, Lynn investigated the impacts of climate change on agricultural techniques and rural livelihoods. The results were included in Climate Crowd, a collaborative global effort by WWF to record rural and indigenous responses to changes in climate. After returning from Tanzania, Lynn used her expertise to work in environmental education for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, supporting programs to inspire enthusiasm towards nature.
In addition, Lynn is an advocate for domestic violence survivors at Asian Women United of Minnesota. She helps maintain a shelter for women who are often new to the country and face many obstacles to access appropriate social services and legal resources. Lynn is also a Chinese language interpreter for the shelter, guiding women through meetings with lawyers and therapists. She is always fascinated to learn more about the policies regarding immigration, family court, and restraining orders to provide the best help to survivors.
Lynn recognizes that matters of environmental justice are innately tied to socioeconomic factors. She is passionate about ensuring that the system of law applies to everyone, regardless of financial means.