Ellen Goldberg Luger
Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Services
Luger has 25 years of philanthropy experience in Minnesota, the country and around the world. From 2006 to 2015, she served as Vice President, Global Philanthropy and Volunteerism at General Mills and as Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation. In that role, she oversaw an annual charitable budget of $150 million and led the General Mills Foundation’s strategic partnerships and signature programs, as well as its grantmaking and community outreach. She also has a long record of community involvement in which she has played significant fundraising leadership roles in higher education, the arts, and global philanthropy.
Before leading the General Mills Foundation, Luger served as Associate Director of the General Mills Foundation from 1997 to 2005. Prior to that, she was a partner at the law firm that is now Stinson Leonard Street. She has a law degree from Georgetown University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, on whose Board of Trustees she currently serves.
“The Minneapolis Foundation’s vision and mission focuses on a community I love, a community where I grew up and raised my family, and a community I have worked to diversify and strengthen for more than 20 years,” said Luger. “I am excited to collaborate with the Foundation’s donors, board, and staff to build on its legacy of philanthropic leadership and to grow its impact as a giving community.”