Project Description

Zach Nelson – 2016 MIP (Most Improved Person)

Zach Nelson is an Eddie Phillips scholar student who came to UpTurnships looking for an internship before his senior year. As a business management major at Concordia University-St. Paul, Zach yearned to improve diversity in corporations by working in Human Resources. He just didn’t know how to reach his goal.

Marianne Malko, Zach’s coach at UpTurnships, said: “Zach is THE UpTurn who grew the most out of the 23 UpTurns in 2016. He joined us in May with little business experience in HR. He did such an outstanding job at Twin Cities Habitat that he was asked to continue working part-time during his last year of college! Zach cares deeply about giving back to the team the company, and to youth – hence his role in mentoring of youth basketball.”

Beyond his hard work, we look up to Zach for his supreme moral compass and outstanding character! Zach now works full-time in HR at Xcel Energy.

Mariah Miller

Zach Nelson


UpTurn Twin Cities Habitat For Humanity
Human Resources Assistant


Full-time Job: Benefits Specialist at
Xcel Energy

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