McNamara Event Staff—Your Partners

Our talented team of eight has years of event and meeting planning expertise, making the McNamara Alumni Center a favorite conference and special event venue in Minneapolis. Of 140 customer service surveys returned in 2019, the average rating for overall satisfaction from McNamara’s clients was 4.9 out of 5.0. We will take good care of you!

Marketing & Sales

Sari Brouwer

Sari Brouwer

Director of Sales & Events


Danielle Lutz

Danielle Lutz

Sales Coordinator


Amy Leyden

Amy Leyden

Marketing & Communications Director


Event Coordination & Staffing

Andrew Spear

Andrew Spear

Event Manager


Open Position

Lauren Wallerius

Senior Event Services Coordinator



Coming Soon!

Event Coordinator

Kat Bestland

Kat Bestland

Senior Guest & Event Services Coordinator



Coming Soon!

Guest & Event Services Assistant


Wil McMillen

AV Technician


Student Event Staff

Brogan C.

To reserve a meeting room within the McNamara Alumni Center or request a tour, please contact the Event Management Office. All team members are employees of University Gateway Corporation, the management company of the McNamara Alumni Center.

Office: Suite 100
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Available for evening and Saturday tours by appointment
Phone: 612.624.9831
Fax: 612.625.5400

Student Help Wanted:

We employ University of Minnesota students to work part-time as either event set-up crew or helping staff evening and weekend events. More info here about part-time student positions.


Fantastic! I don’t answer surveys unless I have strong feelings, and McNamara event staff was phenomenal!!

Allie O.


I truly could not have imagined a better location for our wedding. Not only was it beautiful, it was also so smooth and easy. You took care of everything and allowed us to enjoy our day. THANK YOU!

Mary S.


All of the staff was always super available and easy to get a hold of. They made my wedding day better than I could have ever imagined and helped me stay organized. I am so pleased!

Amanda R.


Everything and everyone was absolutely amazing. Everyone we worked with was considerate, knowledgeable and professional. I never have any surprises with McNamara. I always receive excellent customer service. Best Experience Ever!

Sharon B.


I felt very confident that my event would go smoothly. Everyone was very professional, responsive, thorough and courteous.

Carol K.


Everyone was fantastic to work with—kind to us in our difficult time of planning a memorial, but also very direct and clear with information. Perfect.

Ali N.


I love working with the McNamara staff. They are all true professionals.

Kristine C.


I have always had an excellent experience when reserving any event I’ve done at McNamara.

Connie B.


The McNamara team was extremely helpful in describing the options and assisting with details on planning my event.

Diane K.


All of the staff at McNamara are friendly and willing to make changes the day of. It is great to work with professionals who understand the logistics of event planning.

Molly B.


Your staff are always kind, patient, and professional — very easy to work with!

Anne P.


The staff not only assisted us with the needs we had, but anticipated needs we didn’t know we would have. They were accommodating, friendly, and made our wedding planning process a joy.

Lisa S.


I can always count on an event at McNamara to go smoothly.

Barbara M.


Wonderful staff and great experience from start to finish!

David H.


I would highly recommend McNamara to anybody — the staff made for a wonderful experience.

Kirsten G.