Foundation Announces New Director of Talent and Culture

The Minneapolis Foundation is thrilled to introduce Milpha Blamo as our new Director of Talent and Culture. In this role, Milpha will lead and support efforts to foster a collaborative and inclusive culture at one of the largest community foundations in the United States.

Milpha brings to the Foundation significant experience and expertise in organizational leadership and development. She most recently served as Human Resources Director at The Link, an organization that works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. Previous roles include Interim Director of Finance and Operations for Bright Water Montessori Schools and Director of Finance and Development and Business Manager with Partnership Academy Charter School.

“Milpha has both the knowledge and insights that will help us build on the strengths of our high-performing and diverse team,” said Jean Adams, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Learning and COO of The Minneapolis Foundation. “She will push us to reach even higher and help us fully leverage the skills and talents of our entire team.”

“The Minneapolis Foundation is a wonderful organization and I’m absolutely thrilled to work and support the growth of such talented individuals.”

– Milpha Blamo

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Milpha is active in the community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits where she also serves as a Trustee overseeing their new Associated Health program, BenefitsMN. She also serves on the Headwaters for Justice Foundation’s Board Finance Committee, and most recently was invited to serve on the Normandale Community College’s Business Advisory Committee. 

Milpha holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University, a Mini MBA for Nonprofits from The University of St. Thomas, and she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Leadership from Saint Mary’s University.

The Minneapolis Foundation administers more than 1,400 charitable funds established by generous individuals, families and businesses. Last year, the Foundation made nearly $70 million in grants and raised more than $100 million in charitable assets, making it one of the most successful years in its history.