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Meet the team members who power our work.

Our Staff

Our Board of Trustees

Our all-volunteer Board of Trustees is drawn from citizens of the greater Minneapolis area who are actively engaged in our community.

John G. Taft, Chair

Vice Chairman, Robert W. Baird

Julie Baker, Co-Vice Chair

Community Volunteer

Mary Grove, Co-Vice Chair and Secretary

Managing Partner, Bread & Butter Ventures

Scott Erickson, Treasurer

Partner in Charge, Audit Practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Khadija Ali

President and CEO, Global Language Connections

Juliana Batista

Vice President, Human Resources, International, General Mills

Paurvi Bhatt

Community Volunteer

Maurice Blanks

Design Executive, Blu Dot

Laura Bohlander

Former Elementary Educator

Colette Campbell

Chief Talent Acquisition and Diversity Officer, Bremer Financial Corporation

Brenda J. Child

Northrop Professor of American Studies, University of Minnesota

Tom Fisher

Professor, School of Architecture,
Director, Minnesota Design Center, University of Minnesota

Bill Graves

President, John and Denise Graves Family Foundation

Judy Halper

CEO, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis

Jazz Hampton

CEO and General Counsel, TurnSignl

Bishop Richard D. Howell, Jr.

Pastor, Shiloh Temple International Ministries

Kate Kelly

Former Executive Vice President & Regional President, PNC Bank, Minneapolis-St. Paul

Christina Le

Partner, Pacific Square USA

Kathleen MacLennan

Community Volunteer

Leni Moore

Retired Investment Banker and Community Volunteer

Daniel Moreno

Judge, Hennepin County

Becky O’Grady

Retired President General Mills and Community Volunteer

Tom Pack

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Marcia Page

Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Värde Partners

Liz Pangerl

Founder and Owner, Casa Valencia, LLC

Tim Palmer

Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, PMA Asset Management

Dr. Sharon Pierce

President and CEO, Minneapolis College

Stephanie Pierce

Founder & CEO, KJP Consulting Services

Paul Reyelts

Chairman, Friends of The Falls

Lauri Roberts

Partner, Wipfli

Meg Rodriguez

Community Volunteer

Dr. Michael C. Rodriguez

Dean, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

R.T. Rybak

President and CEO, The Minneapolis Foundation

Rajiv Shah

Founder and CEO, MyMeds

Mark Simenstad

Principal SMPL Strategies, LLC

Margie Soran

Executive Director, Soran Foundation

Kelsey Tyler

Fourth Generation Representative

Patricia Torres Ray

Former Minnesota Senator

Alex Ware

Community Volunteer
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Operating Partnerships

RE-AMP Network

Conor Cusack
Program Manager, RE-AMP

Erica Flores
Program Manager, RE-AMP

Gail Francis
Strategic Director, RE-AMP

Melissa Gavin
Chief Network Officer, RE-AMP

Sarah Shanahan
Community Manager, RE-AMP

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Board Committee (Non-Board Members)

Thanks to all the community leaders who have donated their time and talents in support of the Minneapolis Foundation!

Julie Braun
Retired Partner and COO
Castlelake LP

Drew Smith
CFA, Vice President, and Senior Investment Officer
Advantus Capital Management

Robbie Burkhart
Blue Rock Advisors

Ron Poole
Vice President, Chief Investment Strategist
Thrivent Asset Management

Tim Manning
Corporate Counsel

Mark Simenstad, CFA
Investment Counselor (retired)
Compass Capital Management
Palisade Asset Management

Mark Thompson
CFA, Co-Founder and Principal
Riverbridge Partners, LLC

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Our Advisory Committees

Thank you to the following volunteers for sharing their time, insights and expertise to help guide our activities and services:

Donor Advisor Committee

Ginna Portman Amis
Carol Brandenburg
Lou Burdick
Ed Cannon
Paula DeCosse

Peter Gabler
Mark Hiemenz
Steve Kumagai
Monica Little
Suzanne Pepin

Cindy Schuneman Piper
Jeff Rivkin
Rajiv Shah
Christi Strauss

Professional Advisor Committee

R.J. Devick
Jason Divine
Courtney Grimsrud
Michael Holsten
Lori Hume
Jennifer Joynes

Andrew King
Becky Krieger
Alex Magner
Michael Metzger
Anne Paape

Geetu Sharma
Chris Schultz
Sara Stern
Daniel Stolfa
Dean Willer

Fourth Generation Advisory Committee

Kelsey Tyler*, Board Chair
Laura Pancoast, Grantmaking Chair
Sam Hills, Education Chair

Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos, Social Media + Public Relations Chair
Grace Rose, Graze 4 Good Co-Chair
Kyle Srivastava, Graze 4 Good Co-Chair

*Member of Board of Trustees

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Career Opportunities

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