Meet the OFE Team
Muneer Karcher-Ramos, Director
“The racial wealth gap is not a thing that was created overnight. It’s a set of historical processes that will take time to reimagine and reconfigure and disrupt, so more folks can experience the economic and social benefits of the city."
Muneer Karcher-Ramos (he/him/él) is the inaugural Director of the Office of Financial Empowerment at the City of Saint Paul. He specializes in community- and culturally-valued approaches to working with communities who have historically experienced structural, systemic, and public disinvestment, which has often rendered these communities invisible. Prior to his current role, he was the director of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, a cross-sector cradle-to-career education initiative focused on culturally-responsive approaches. He is currently a community faculty member in the Social Justice Minor at the University of Minnesota and a Fellow at the Cultural Wellness Center.
He lives in the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul with his partner and their three children.
Kasey Wiedrich, Financial Capability Manager
“Some of the things the City has been doing are really different relationships with residents than the City has played in the past outside of just taxes and fees. We have put money back into people’s pockets directly.”
Kasey Wiedrich (she/her) is the Financial Capability Manager with the City of Saint Paul’s Office of Financial Empowerment. In her role, she works to integrate wrap around services into the City’s children’s savings account program, CollegeBound Saint Paul. Prior to joining OFE in 2020, Kasey was the Director of Applied Research at Prosperity Now in Washington, DC, where she managed the Prosperity Now Scorecard—a state-by-state assessment of how families are faring and the strength of state policies—and conducted research on household financial security and effective practices to build financial capability and wealth.
Ikram Koliso, CollegeBound Program Manager
“With CollegeBound, we’re connecting people to early childhood and financial wellbeing services in Saint Paul, which is helping build their child’s wellbeing. Being able to bring different institutions together that don’t normally talk to one another in the same room is really helpful.”
Ikram Koliso (she/her) helped with the design, implementation and launch of CollegeBound Saint Paul, the City’s college savings account program, and currently serves as the program manager. She previously served as a Policy Associate in Mayor Melvin Carter’s Office, as an Urban Scholar in the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet in the Office of former Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith, as well as has completed field work at Hennepin County and Allina Health – United Hospital. Ikram is passionate about the process of engaging communities around issues that impact them directly to ensure their voices are centered in the policies and programs designed. She received her degree from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul.
Faith Dietz, Fair Housing Coordinator
Faith Dietz (she/her) joined the City of Saint Paul in November 2022 as the Fair Housing Coordinator in the Office of Financial Empowerment. In her role, she works to affirmatively further fair housing with a focus on decreasing housing displacement and increasing housing access. Faith brings her previous experience with corporate, non-profit, and community projects and change to her work with internal and external partners and stakeholders.
Faith also sits on the Fair Housing Implementation Council (FHIC).
Mai C. Yang, Shared Ownership Coordinator
Mai C. Yang (she/her) is the Shared Ownership Coordinator with the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE). In this role she manages the LOCAL Fund which utilizes community and worker ownership as strategies to generating wealth; improving the quality of life of workers; and promoting community and local economic development. Mai’s career has focused on social change efforts through grantmaking as well as implementing programs that affect the wellbeing of marginalized, underprivileged, and underserved populations.
Kim Hover, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
Kim Hover (they/them) is the current Outreach and Engagement Coordinator with CollegeBound St Paul. Prior to joining OFE, Kim worked at Prepare + Prosper as their Financial Inclusion Manager, overseeing the FAIR initiative which aims to provide low barrier banking to those who have traditionally been shut out of mainstream financial services. Previously, they spent years working in various direct service and advocacy roles.
Andrei Hahn, Data Management & Customer Service Coordinator
Andrei Hahn (he/him) coordinates the database management and customer service for CollegeBound Saint Paul. He has previous experience with data administration, program evaluation, planning and teaching. Andrei has a Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.