Jennifer Ford Reedy
Before joining the Bush Foundation as president in September 2012, Reedy was the chief of staff and vice president of strategy for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners (MN Partners), a network of organizations including The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation and the Mardag Foundation.
In her four years at MN Partners, she guided several innovative new ventures, including GiveMN.org and the Minnesota Idea Open, an idea platform created in partnership with Ashoka Changemakers. The Idea Open is designed to get as many Minnesotans as possible thinking and talking about solutions to critical issues facing the state.
Prior to joining MN Partners, Reedy was a consultant with McKinsey and Company and directed the Itasca Project, a CEO-led regional economic development initiative in the Twin Cities. In that capacity, she helped to create and manage community initiatives on topics ranging from early childhood education to transportation infrastructure.
Her current community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, the working team for the Itasca Project, and co-chairing the advisory board for the Honors College at the University of Kansas. She has been honored as a "40 Under 40" leader by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, as one of the “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business magazine, and as a NextGen Fellow by Independent Sector.
Reedy holds a master’s degree in social policy from the University of Chicago and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas where she received a national Truman Fellowship for Public Service.