Cindy N. Nelson-Kaigama, BS, MA
Multicultural Initiatives Director
American Heart Association, State of Minnesota

Cindy Nelson-Kaigama is the Multicultural Initiatives Director at the American Heart Association for the state of Minnesota. She partners with individuals and organizations to provide effective strategies that increase health outcomes of statistically marginalized communities. She has over 20 years of experience as a solutions-driven health and human services professional.

Ms. Nelson-Kaigama is an experienced diabetes prevention lifestyle coach with the YMCA and a live empowered instructor for the American Diabetes Association. She is a champion of health equity and executes policy and system changes to offer all persons a fair chance to attain their highest level of health.

Ms. Nelson-Kaigama earned a BS in family studies from Western Michigan University and an MA in human development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Graduate School of Health and Human Services. She serves as a volunteer diversity chair for the Minnesota chapter of the Board of American College of Healthcare Executives.