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Executive Director & Founder

Nicki Hangsleben

Nicki (she/they) has been providing leadership in the non-profit community for over 18 years. She has a diverse background in strategic partnerships, business development, program oversight and financial management. Prior to launching QUEERSPACE collective, she worked in the field of International Development designing and implementing system-focused agricultural programs across the globe. Nicki also worked at Minnesota Public Radio, as a financial analyst for many years and prior to that was Special Educational Assistant at Minneapolis Public Schools. 

Nicki earned her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saint Thomas – Opus College of Business.


Nicki grew up in South Minneapolis surrounded by a vibrant LGBTQ+ community and currently lives in North Minneapolis with her wife and two amazing daughters. She is passionate about serving her community, advocating for the rights of all humans, and creating lasting impact locally and globally.

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