Executive Director
I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and small business owners and have spent the majority of my life in rural America – I fully understand the need to support business and industry of all shapes and sizes in our communities. With a strong background in nonprofit management, and most recently as a consultant for nonprofits and small businesses in the Twin Cities, I understand the struggle and dedication involved in building a business.

Our youth are the future of our community and country. I’m proud to have worked for a youth development nonprofit in Iowa and all the families we helped through it. Our young people need the opportunity to explore both college and vocational career pathways, partnering with local and regional industry to provide our youth with trade-based career training and opportunities is a win for everyone – our youth, our families, our communities and our rural economy.

I’m excited to be part of the strong group of innovators that make up our team. We’re also very fortunate to have a hard-working Board of Directors comprised of community partners, leaders, and supporters. While we may be uncertain of tomorrow, we can be sure that by working together we are all better.


Operations and Program Manager
Shannan Harris is a member of the Red Wing Ignite team, and previously served as the Program Coordinator. (January 2015-December 2020) Prior to joining RWI, Shannan owned and operated Moments on Main, a local gift and décor store from 2005-2014. Moments was recognized as a Home Accents Today Retail Star in 2010 and also named as a Gifted Retailer the same year by Gifts and Decorative Accessories Magazine. In the shop's 9 years of business, the store created a loyal customer base. The store was known for its product selection, attention to detail, customer service, and public events. When she is not working at Ignite, Shannan does interior design, seasonal décor, and sales for wholesale companies at various trade shows around the country. Shannan has called Red Wing home since 1998 and has served on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees.

Shannan holds a Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology and an Interior Design degree.


Workforce Lead
Burke brings years of experience in organizing and implementing regional economic competitiveness initiatives. Her emphasis has been in building partnerships across systems of the public and private sectors to deliver relevant education, training, and workforce development opportunities. Burke has been working with RWI since 2017, providing strategic support and technical assistance, including grant development and writing to secure the MN Department of Labor and Industry Youth Skills Training grants and the EDA I6 Challenge grant to support SE Minnesota's Regional Innovation Cluster. Burke is the Workforce Lead for this initiative.


Marketing Lead
Sievers Creative is a relationship focused marketing agency that helps local organizations accomplish their goals. With a team of 7 (and growing), located at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN and an emphasis on Digital Strategy and the experience of traditional marketing, we serve a wide range of clients.

Our company believes in BUILDING A LEGACY THAT MATTERS. The work we do is more than just a job, we work to help other businesses succeed and we are intentional about giving back (locally and internationally).
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