Veterans Defense Project Staff
Executive Director: Donn Lindstrom
Donn Lindstrom is a Navy Veteran from the late 70’s. He had a long and accomplished sales and management career, mainly in the Tech Industry. When the last recession hit he decided it was time for a change. He enrolled in school and earned an Associate’s Degree in Management and Marketing from Inver Hills Community College and then went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from St Mary’s University. He did this in a period of 27 months. Along the way he decided that he would take his vast life experience and now, formal education and commit to a career of helping his fellow veterans. He took an entry level job at VAMC Minneapolis and learned an enormous amount about the business of serving veterans. He again went back to school earning two Masters Degrees from Hamline University, One in Public Administration and one in Non-Profit Management. In February 2014, he joined the staff at Ramsey County Veterans Services taking on a dual role as office assistant and Veterans Court Mentor Coordinator. He has lead the effort of developing the team from the ground up. Recruiting, training and administrating what is considered to be the gold standard of mentor groups in the state. He continues his work with the Ramsey County Team and now also with the VDP team as Executive Director.