Eric Anderson

Director of Stewardship
eanderson@mplsfoundation.org
612-672-3842

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
rbetts@mplsfoundation.org
612-672-3867

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
pblack@mplsfoundation.org
612-672-3837

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.

Alyssa Hawkins

Director of Giving Programs
ahawkins@mplsfoundation.org
612-672-3865

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

Philanthropic Advisor
jjohnson@mplsfoundation.org
612-672-3849

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.”

Robyn Schein

Director of the Family Philanthropy Resource Center
rschein@mplsfoundation.org
612-672-3824

Robyn Schein is Director of the Family Philanthropy Resource Center at The Minneapolis Foundation. She has been at the Foundation since 2006, and her skills have been used to engage the next generation in giving, to facilitate inspiring workshops on intentional and focused philanthropy, and to help donors achieve their giving goals. Using her natural facilitation skills and the tools she learned as a certified 21/64 (a national multi-generational philanthropy consulting firm) consultant on multi-generational giving, Robyn helps families bridge generational differences and make the most of their giving. Robyn received a B.A. in international studies from American University and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus on nonprofit management from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at Orr Associates, a nonprofit consulting firm, and with the Employee Volunteer Programs Office at JP Morgan Chase. Robyn has served on the Council on Foundations’ National Committee on Family Philanthropy and has spoken at several conferences on multi-generational giving. She serves on the board of the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School.

“I feel so honored when individuals and families welcome me into their lives to act as a partner, problem solver, and coach for their giving.”

William M. Sternberg

Philanthropic Advisor
bsternberg@mplsfoundation.org
612-672-3825

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 advisor 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.”