Carin Mrotz is the outgoing Executive Director of Jewish Community Action, a 26 year old nonprofit organizing Minnesota’s Jewish community for racial and economic justice. On staff since 2004, she has worked on campaigns for immigrant and workers’ rights and played a key role in leading JCA’s work to pass marriage equality in Minnesota in 2012. Since becoming Executive Director in 2017, she has grown the organization, built on ongoing campaigns for affordable housing and criminal justice reform, and launched a new program to work statewide with other progressives to build a shared analysis of antisemitism and white nationalism.
Carin holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and a master’s degree in public administration. She has worked as a trainer, curriculum designer, and college instructor, and has served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, providing support in fundraising, program evaluation, and organizational development. Carin has written about religion, parenting, and politics for The Forward, NBC News, and other local and national publications. In 2019, she was recognized on the Forward 50 list of influential American Jews.
Carin grew up in South Florida before moving to Minnesota on a dare in 1997. She lives in North Minneapolis with her family and her favorite thing to do is see live music in small spaces.