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Min (Amy) S. Xu, attorney and partner with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, has been named to the board of directors of Cultural Jambalaya.  Edina-based Cultural Jambalaya, (www.CulturalJam.org) is an award-winning nonprofit that creatively uses international photography to promote understanding and respect for all cultures.  

Min (Amy) S. Xu, attorney and partner with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, has been named to the board of directors of Cultural Jambalaya.  Edina-based Cultural Jambalaya, (www.CulturalJam.org) is an award-winning nonprofit that creatively uses international photography to promote understanding and respect for all cultures.  

Xu is a patent attorney with substantial experience in the field of electronics, telecommunication, computer systems and medical devices, and extensive knowledge of intellectual property rights and enforcement in China.  She earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from Fudan University in Shanghai, China; M.S. in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Minnesota;  and J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. She has received The Business Journal’s 2002 "Up and Coming Attorneys" Award and 2003 "Women in Business" Award.
 
An active member of numerous nonprofit boards and civic projects, Xu has served as a national board director for the University of Minnesota Alumni Board; director for William Mitchell College of Law Alumni Board; director and advisory board member for National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Minnesota; director for Silent Sports Foundation; and council board director for the China Center of University of Minnesota.  She has also been recognized by Dorsey & Whitney for her work with Habitat for Humanity and received the firm’s pro bono housing award.  
 
In addition to her distinctive international law practice and community involvements, Xu is a licensed pilot and an active outdoors enthusiast, even competing in cross-country cycling races.  In 2008 and 2010, she participated in the grueling 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM), which is considered one of the world’s toughest endurance races, as official completion requires cyclists to cover 250 miles per day within 12 days.  Her efforts supported Camp Odayin, a Minnesota camp for young people with heart disease.  Xu and her husband, Mike Schumann, live in Plymouth, Minn.  
 
Other Cultural Jambalaya board members include Colleen Needles, president of Tremendous! Entertainment;  Christine Fruechte, president of Colle + McVoy;  Cathy Lawrence, development director at Twin Cities RISE!;  Grayce Belvedere Young, president of organization development, The Prouty Project;  Rayla Allison, associate director, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota;  Pat Brenna, auctioneer and president of Bizgal;  James Peterson, Twin Cities event planner;  Denise Gamache, director of the Twin Cities-based Battered Women’s Justice Project;  Jennifer Lea Verly, accountant at Divine, Scherzer & Brody, Ltd.;  and Gail Shore, president of Shore to Shore Communications, Inc.
 
About Cultural Jambalaya
Founded in 2005 by globe trekker and photographer Gail Shore, Cultural Jambalaya (www.CulturalJam.org) is a Minnesota 501(c)(3) volunteer-based nonprofit that uses international photography to advance cultural understanding and acceptance.  Shore travels the world on self-funded solo treks to obtain compelling images of individuals and the traditions, rituals and religions that enrich fragile cultures around the world. Many of her images are currently available to educators who want to creatively and visually illustrate to students the diverse cultural backgrounds that continue to make up more of America’s rich mosaic.  Cultural Jambalaya has plans to partner with businesses with global interests to create customized programming to support corporate diversity initiatives.
 
Together with Twin Cities’ Tremendous! Entertainment, Cultural Jambalaya was recognized in 2010 for excellence in cultural education with a national Telly Award for “Windows & Mirrors,” a one-of-a-kind educational DVD, featuring images and narratives from across the globe.  

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