Eric Anderson

Director of Stewardship

Eric Anderson, Director of Stewardship, has been working with the Foundation’s donor advisors since 2000. He oversees collaborative efforts Foundation-wide, ensuring that donor advisors experience the best in comprehensive programs and services to help advance their charitable goals. He currently holds volunteer positions with The Minnesota Council on Foundations and the National Council on Foundations (Washington, D.C.) – the Community Foundations National Standards Board. He is a graduate of Augsburg College.

“I am blessed with the greatest job in the world – helping to deliver community impact that benefits everyone. The Minneapolis Foundation provides a distinctive platform for this work. It’s a privilege and responsibility to help our donor advisors advance their philanthropic passions and empower the great work of our nonprofit organizations.”

Russell Betts

Philanthropic Advisor

Russell Betts, who joined The Minneapolis Foundation in 2016, is a Philanthropic Advisor with more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and alumni relations at major research universities. At the Foundation, he focuses on serving the charitable needs of corporate executives, their families, and the companies they lead. Betts comes to the Foundation from the University of Minnesota Foundation, where he served from 2013 to 2016 as a development officer for the university’s Department of Medicine. Prior to that, Betts spent a decade at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, where he served as Director of Development covering the Southern United States, then Athletics, and eventually the Law School. He began his career as the Director of Diversity and Assistant Field Representative for the Wisconsin Alumni Association. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“It’s an honor to help generous Minnesotans identify their passions and make meaningful change in society.”

Peter Black

Manager of Workplace Giving

Peter Black joined The Minneapolis Foundation as a Philanthropic Associate in February 2014. At the Foundation, Peter manages Employee Assistance Funds, helping corporate partners provide charitable relief to employees going through unforeseen financial hardships. He also manages the Foundation’s scholarship funds. Peter graduated from the University of Kansas and brings to the Philanthropic Services team over five years’ experience working with nonprofits and foundations.

Stephanie K. Donley, J.D.

Philanthropic Advisor

Stephanie (Steph) Donley, who joined The Minneapolis Foundation in May of 2018, is a Philanthropic Advisor with over 15 years of relationship management and development experience. At the Foundation, Steph serves as a charitable planning resource for attorneys, accountants and financial advisors to assist their clients in fulfilling their philanthropic goals and supports her donor families to achieve the greatest impact with their giving. Prior to joining the Foundation, Steph spent over 12 years in the financial services industry, most recently as a Trust Officer with U.S. Bank’s Private Client Group. She comes to the Foundation after having served 5 years with the Minneapolis Institute of Art as a Senior Major Gifts Officer working with donors who supported the museum at a major gifts level and those donors who included the museum in their estate plans. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago and a law degree from Hamline University School of Law. In her spare time, you can find Steph working on her private pilot’s license with her patient husband Sean, volunteering with her church community serving meals at Dorothy Day Center or catching a fitness class at one of her favorite studios around the city.

“It is a privilege to work with people who care about our community and seek to make it a place where everyone can thrive. I am truly honored to be at the table as a trusted advisor helping our generous donors make their philanthropic dreams a reality.”

Alyssa Hawkins

Director of Giving Programs

Alyssa Hawkins joined the Philanthropic Services team in October 2013 as Director of Giving Programs. She comes to The Minneapolis Foundation with 15 years of experience in small nonprofits, where she designed and implemented programs nationwide that engaged young people in meaningful, academically rigorous, and environmentally-focused community-impact projects. At the Foundation, Alyssa supports collaborative giving programs, including Fourth Generation, a unique leadership opportunity for emerging philanthropists to make an impact in the community. Alyssa graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in natural resources and environmental science, and is the Board Chair for Girls on the Run – Twin Cities.

Jenny Johnson

Director of the Family Philanthropy Resource Center

Jenny Johnson joined The Minneapolis Foundation in 2015. She brings more than 13 years of fund development and outreach experience in varied nonprofit settings, including a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Chicago, Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, and Cornerstone Advocacy Service. Prior to joining The Minneapolis Foundation, Jenny served as Vice President of Resource Development at Aeon, an affordable housing nonprofit. She holds a B.A. in sociology from North Park University in Chicago.

“I have a deep appreciation for the incredible generosity of this community and am honored to work with donors to make bold and impactful change.”

Paul Odegaard

Philanthropic Advisor

Paul Odegaard joined the Minneapolis Foundation as a Philanthropic Advisor in May, 2018. Paul has more than 14 years of comprehensive communications and nonprofit fundraising experience. At the Foundation, Paul works closely with donor advisors, business leaders, and professional advisors to educate, connect, and inspire thoughtful, impactful philanthropy that supports our communities. Paul previously spent seven years with Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, partnering with enthusiastic donors to launch new content initiatives and ensure that the programs, stations, and broader public media network will be vibrant for the next generation of audiences as a major and planned giving officer. Paul also worked for his alma mater, Macalester College, as an Associate Director of the Annual Fund, overseeing volunteer management, young alumni and student engagement, and strategic communications. When he’s not strategizing with donors, you can find him chasing his children, playing trumpet professionally, cooking, or walking Greta, the family Boxer.

William M. Sternberg

Director, Business Development & Philanthropic Advisor

William (Bill) Sternberg joined the Foundation in 2002 and has served in a variety of capacities within the Philanthropic Services group. Currently, he is a Philanthropic Advisor. Bill leads the Foundation’s strategy and outreach to attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors. In addition, he serves the charitable needs of entrepreneurs and their families. Prior to joining the Foundation, Bill spent 16 years in the financial services industry with Citicorp in New York and Los Angeles, and with Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurship from Babson College. Bill currently serves on the board of Mission Animal Hospital, the first and only nonprofit full-service animal hospital in the nation. Bill recently concluded his service on the advisory board of LearningWorks, a unique public-private partnership between Minneapolis Public Schools and The Blake School.

“I spent many years working with individuals and families during the wealth creation and wealth preservation stages of their lives, and at the Foundation I have the privilege of working with them during the wealth distribution and legacy stage of their lives. This work is a true honor.”