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Linnea Halsten is the Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AJEDI) manager. She partners with the associate general secretary for Community and Culture in leading FCNL’s dynamic engagement with the organization’s AJEDI commitments, knowing them to be inseparable from FCNL’s “World We Seek.” In this highly collaborative role, Linnea works closely with FCNL’s staff, network, and governors to track and advance the organization’s AJEDI work. 

Linnea was a 2019 Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow in Atlanta where she worked as the racial equity fellow at Partnership for Southern Equity. Starting with FCNL in 2023, she most recently comes from the Friends General Conference, where she worked for over two years as the Ministry on Racism associate. Linnea grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and went on to receive a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Religion with a focus on Peace and Conflict Studies from Oberlin College.

Linnea lives on Dakota land in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her spiritual path started when she encountered “engaged Buddhism” through Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings. She has found spiritual practice and social justice to be inseparable for her, which led her to work with Quakers.