Our staff and board members


Visit our Contact Hub for inquiries about our programs or other questions. We work in a hybrid environment with a mix of virtual and in-person options to balance connections and flexibility. Our Twin Cities-based staff work onsite every Wednesday, with an additional connection and learning onsite day once a month.

Our thanks to ©Caroline Yang for providing professional staff photography.

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Learning and Evaluation Manager
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Program Operations Officer
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Talent, Learning and Evaluation Director
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Grantmaking Officer
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IT Strategy and Solutions Manager
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Talent and Human Resources Manager
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Learning and Evaluation Manager
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Finance Director and Treasurer
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Talent, Learning, and Evaluation Coordinator
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Communications Associate
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Program Operations Associate
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Grantmaking Director
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Finance and Facilities Associate
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Communications Officer
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Program Operations Officer
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Vice President, Grantmaking
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Managing Director of Investments
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Program Operations Director
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Communications Director
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Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Directors
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Program Operations Coordinator
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Program Operations Officer

Board Members

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Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, Insurance, Thrivent Financial
Jodi Archambault
Strategic Advisor
Paul Batcheller
Partner, PrairieGold Venture Partners
Mary Brainerd
President and CEO, HealthPartners (retired)
Armando Camacho
President and CEO, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
DeAnna Cummings
Program Director of Arts & Culture, McKnight Foundation
Kevin Goodno
Executive Vice President, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
Mary Grove
Managing Partner, Bread and Butter Ventures
Matt Kilian
President, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Cynthia Lindquist
President of the Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Alan Solano
President and CEO of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation
Malini Srivastava
Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship and Engagement, College of Design, University of Minnesota
Tracey Zephier
General Counsel, NDN Collective

Non-Board Investment Committee Members

Marie C. Pillai
Vice President: Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer, General Mills (Retired)
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Managing Director of Vermilion Group, M.A. Mortenson Companies, Inc.
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Founding Director of the Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame