Mark Zastrow Joins Bridging as Development Manager
January 3, 2017 - Bridging MN (Bridging.org) welcomed certified fund raising executive, Mark Zastrow, as Development Manager of the organization. Zastrow brings to the area 30+ years of fund and business development experience, covering a wide of range of business types, in both the non- and for-profit sectors.
Don Ness named Executive Director of Ordean Foundation
December 21, 2016 - Don Ness will be joining the Ordean Foundation as their new Executive Director. Prior to this role, Ness served as Executive Director of Workforce Development at Lake Superior College and served as mayor of Duluth for eight years. He brings extensive experience in both political and nonprofit leadership to his new role.
Virginia Brown joins Aeon as Director of Resource Development
December 21, 2016 - Virginia Brown as joined Aeon as their new Director of Resource Development. She is excited to use her diverse skill set to raise money for a good cause.
Sharon Hernandez named new Portfolio Director at Aeon
December 21, 2016 - Sharon Hernandez has joined Aeon as their new Porfolio Director. She comes to the organization with over 20 years of affordable, multi-family property management experience.
Stephanie Payne promoted to Corporate/Foundation Relations Manager at Aeon
December 21, 2016 - Stephanie Payne is moving into the new role of Corporate/Foundation Relations Manager at Aeon, where she will focus on developing their relationships with current and new potential corporate foundation partners.
Nicole Munsch promoted to Director of Compliance at Aeon
December 21, 2016 - Nicole Munsch was recently promoted to Director of Compliance at Aeon. She began her career with the organization as an Assistant Site Manager in 2005 and joined their compliance team in 2008.
Brita Blesiz transitions to Evaluation Manager at Aeon
December 21, 2016 - Brita Blesiz has transitioned to the role of Evaluation Manager at Aeon, where she will be responsible for designing, developing and executing their evaluation and research activities.
Sadie O'Connor named new Managing Director at Reading & Math, Inc.
December 20, 2016 - Reading & Math Inc., a national education nonprofit, has named Sadie O'Connor as their new Managing Director. Most recently, O'Connor was Vice President of Reading Corps National Replication at ServeMinnesota.
Susan Larson joins AccessAbility, Inc.
December 15, 2016 - Susan Larson has been named development and communications manager at AccessAbility, Inc.
Mimi Daly Larson named as new Vice President of Mission Advancement at Science Museum of Minnesota
December 14, 2016 - The Science Museum of Minnesota has added Mimi Daly Larson to the team as Vice President of Mission Advancement. She heads the team that engages companies, foundations, community partners, government partners, and donors to advance the mission of the Science Museum.
Tina Palmer joins RESOURCE as Vice President of External Relations
December 9, 2016 - RESOURCE is pleased to announce that Tina Palmer has been hired as Vice President of External Relations. Palmer is a nonprofit professional with more than 18 years of experience in fundraising and development.
Rebecca Lucero Joins the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as Public Policy Director
November 21, 2016 - The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has hired Rebecca Lucero as the organization's new public policy director, starting December 14. Rebecca currently serves as Policy and Advocacy Manager for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Previously, Rebecca also served as senior community representative in the Minnesota office of Representative Keith Ellison, an unemployment law judge with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and an attorney in private practice with a small firm and with Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis.
Suzette Scheele Named Director of Administration at St. Paul Youth Services
November 21, 2016 - St. Paul Youth Services welcomed Suzette Scheele as director of administration. Suzette will manage human resources, operations, finance, and technology. In addition to her outstanding organizational expertise, Scheele has developed resources to support youth in crisis.
Dr. Pahoua Yang and Nona Ferguson Promoted to Vice Presidents of Wilder Programs at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
October 31, 2016 - The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is proud to announce Nona Ferguson and Dr. Pahoua Yang have been promoted to serve as vice presidents of Wilder programs.
Luz Maria Frias Joins YWCA Minneapolis as President and CEO
October 26, 2016 - YWCA Minneapolis announced that Luz Maria Frias has been appointed its new president and CEO. Ms. Frias comes to YWCA Minneapolis from The Minneapolis Foundation, where she has served as the vice president for community impact since 2012.
Kalice Allen Joins the Women's Foundation of Minnesota as Wenda Weekes Moore Intern
October 22, 2016 - The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has named Kalice A. Allen as its new Wenda Weekes Moore Intern. This position is a one-year internship for women of color. Allen will support the Program and Development teams at the Women’s Foundation, and spend one month at the Kellogg Foundation during summer 2017.
Dave Beal Joins Family Service Rochester as Community Resource Specialist
October 17, 2016 - Family Service Rochester is pleased to announce Dave Beal has joined their organization as a community resources specialist. Formerly with United Way of Olmsted County, Dave will be developing strategies to recruit and retain volunteers in support of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Meals on Wheels, Family Access Center and other FSR programs serving the community.
People Incorporated Appoints Two New Members to Board of Directors
October 14, 2016 - Kyle Thomas and Sister Sue Ernster were recently appointed to the board of directors at People Incorporated. Both join the organization's board in pursuit of its mission to support mental health and wellness in the community through collaboration and integration of care.
Three New Staff Members Join the Freshwater Society
October 10, 2016 - The Freshwater Society has named Dr. Carrie Jennings as research and policy director. Additionally, Leslie Yetka has been hired as program manager and Connie Lanphear was named communications manager.
Kari Aanestad Joins Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as Development Manager
October 6, 2016 - Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has hired Kari Aanestad to join the team as the new Development Manager, starting October 6, 2016. In her role, Kari will be securing and stewarding grant and individual donor support for MCN as well as supporting the development of other fundraising professionals throughout the state. Previously, Kari served as the grant writer and outcomes manager for St. David's Center.
VocalEssence Named New Board Members
October 4, 2016 - Minneapolis-based arts organization VocalEssence has named four new members to its board of directors—Steve Aggergaard, Julie Bader, Julie Craven, and Nancy Nelson. All four board members have a wealth of experience and have been actively involved with non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities throughout their respective careers.
Sarah Crumrine joins Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as Communications Coordinator
September 26, 2016 - Sarah Crumrine has joined the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as their new Communications Coordinator, starting September 26, 2016. In this role, Sarah will coordinate and execute a broad range of communications projects. Previously, Sarah worked for Bridging, and is currently on the board of directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities.
Elif McCain joins Fraser as New Clinical Operations Director
September 12, 2016 - Elif McCain recently joined Fraser, Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism services, as the clinical operations director. McCain’s responsibilities include being a dyad partner to clinical leaders and leading improvements and changes in Fraser clinics to better serve clients and families.
jay bad heart bull Joins Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as Associate Director
September 6, 2016 - jay bad heart bull has joined the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as their new associate director, starting on September 6, 2016. In this role, jay will be tracking issues related to the workforce, financial structures, and regulation, as well as oversee MCN's internal functions. He is a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and hails from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.
HandsOn Twin Cities Hired Tracey Nielsen as Executive Director
September 2, 2016 - HandsOn Twin Cities, a Twin Cities nonprofit that both promotes and facilitates volunteerism, has hired Tracey Nielsen as its new executive director. Previously, Tracey worked in various executive leadership, development and marketing positions at a variety of United Ways across the country, including Kenosha County (WI), Racine County (WI) and Wine Country (CA).
Michelle Walker Named Executive Director of Generation Next
September 1, 2016 - Generation Next hired Michelle Walker as executive director. She has held leadership positions in Saint Paul Public Schools for the last nine years. For the past three years, Walker has been an active member of the Generation Next Leadership Council, paving the way for many collaborative projects between Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and Generation Next.
Support Within Reach of Bemidji Announces Departure of Executive Director
August 23, 2016 - After 15 years with Support Within Reach, executive director Amanda Ysen will move in a new direction. The Bemidji nonprofit’s board of directors is currently working on the organization’s succession plan. Amanda will be moving to the state of Wyoming to take on a new challenge in a school district.
Amy Feist Named Human Resources Director at Lifetrack
August 19, 2016 - Amy Feist has joined Lifetrack, a human services nonprofit working to reduce disparities, as the human resources director. Amy brings 20 years of experience working in corporate, retail and non-profit settings.
Susan Bass Roberts Named Vice President, Executive Director at the Pohlad Family Foundation
August 16, 2016 - The Pohlad Family Foundation announced today Susan Bass Roberts has joined the organization as its vice president, executive director. In her new role, Bass Roberts will oversee all aspects of the Foundation's giving and community outreach activities, working closely with both the second and third generations of the Pohlad family.
RESOURCE Hired Boyd Brown as Vice President of Chemical and Mental Health Services
August 10, 2016 - Boyd Brown was named vice president of chemical and mental health services at RESOURCE, a Minnesota nonprofit providing chemical and mental health services to more than 6,000 individuals annually.
Dawn Ganje Named Senior Development Officer at Northwest Minnesota Foundation
August 10, 2016 - Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF), a community foundation serving twelve northwestern Minnesota counties, promoted Dawn Ganje to senior development officer. Dawn’s role will be to maximize financial gift support to NMF and its component and community funds by seeking contributions in order to enhance the quality of place in the 12-County region.
Russell Betts Hired Named Philanthropic Advisor at The Minneapolis Foundation
August 3, 2016 - The Minneapolis Foundation welcomed Russell Betts as its newest philanthropic advisor. Betts has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and alumni relations at major research universities. At the Foundation, he will focus on serving the charitable needs of corporate executives, their families and the companies they lead.
Joshua Esmay Joins the Staff at the Legal Rights Center
August 3, 2016 - Joshua Esmay, the former director of public policy and advocacy at the Council on Crime and Justice, has joined the staff of the Legal Rights Center where he will be continuing his work helping people overcome the myriad collateral consequences that result from a criminal record.
Andrew Williams Hired as Executive Director of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
August 1, 2016 - The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs named Andrew L. Williams as its new executive director. Williams will oversee HECUA’s transformative off-campus programs focused on social justice and community in Ecuador, Italy, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, and in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Jackson, Mississippi.
LaChelle Williams Wins Junior Achievement MVP Award
July 27, 2016 - LaChelle Williams, vice president of operations at Junior Achievement (JA) of the Upper Midwest, won Junior Achievement USA’s inaugural MVP (Model of Values Professional) Award. This national award recognizes a JA associate who exemplifies values and behaviors that provide a model for the students the organization serves. She was selected from 19 nominees from across the United States.
Allie Christenson Joins Youth Leadership as Director of Development
July 26, 2016 - Youth Leadership hired Allie Christenson as director of development. A 2015 University of Northwestern St. Paul graduate, Allie has a B.S. in Nonprofit Administration.
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association Welcomes Matthew Ides as Executive Director
July 25, 2016 - The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association ), the organization responsible for improving and enhancing the quality of Marcy-Holmes’ residential life, has announced Matthew Ides as its new executive director. Ides fills the vacancy created by the departure of long-time executive director Melissa Bean.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Appoints New Executive Director
June 28, 2016 - The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is pleased to announce the appointment of Heidi Fisher as its new executive director effective August 2, 2016. Heidi brings over 25 years of nonprofit experience to EFMN, most recently as the Vice President of Marketing & Philanthropy for Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota.
Tubman Announces Two New Staff Transitions
June 27, 2016 - Tubman, a family crisis and support services organization with locations in Minneapolis and Maplewood, announces two new members of its leadership team. Alison Hobson is the new Director of Development. She has been Tubman’s Community Relations Manager since 2009. Emily Truscott is the new Director of Communications. Previously, she was the Communications Director at the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Sandy Hicks Hired as Director of Finance & Administration at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
June 27, 2016 - Sandy Hicks has joined Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul as the Director of Finance & Administration. Sandy has more than 12 years of leadership experience in business and accounting as the Controller for an institutional investment consulting firm located in Minneapolis. Prior to that, she worked as the e-commerce administrator for a book distributor and led production operations in a variety of manufacturing arenas.
AchieveMpls Names Danielle Grant as New President and CEO
June 10, 2016 - AchieveMpls, the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools, today announced the selection of Danielle Grant as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. Grant will step into this position in July, following the retirement of Pam Costain, who has led the organization for six years.
Maggie Flanagan joins Animal Humane Society as Digital Marketing Strategist
June 3, 2016 - Animal Humane Society welcomed Maggie Flanagan as Digital Marketing Strategist. Maggie comes to AHS from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter where she was Senior Marketing Manager.
Molly Pederson Named Executive Director at Audubon Minnesota
June 2, 2016 - Audubon Minnesota announced Molly Pederson will be the next Executive Director, starting June 20. Most recently, Molly served as Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Mark Dayton, covering the areas of environment, energy, agriculture, and commerce. Previously, Molly spent nine years as the Government Affairs Director for Conservation Minnesota.
Michael Brannan Named Development Associate at Wingspan Life Resources
May 25, 2016 - Wingspan Life Resources, a Twin Cities nonprofit that has served adults with developmental and other disabilities for over 43 years, has hired Micheal Brannan as a new Development Associate reporting to Development Officer, Darolyn Gray. Micheal will provide assistance in the areas of fundraising, donor stewardship, and events. He will also provide administrative support to Executive Director, Therese Davis.
Greater Twin Cities United Way Names Two New Staff Transitions
May 11, 2016 - Greater Twin Cities United Way, the second largest in the 1,200 United Way national network, announced the promotion of Kittie Fahey from Director to Vice President of Major Gifts and the addition of Leslie Wright as Director of Community Engagement.
Lifeworks Introduces Lisa Zaspel as Vice President of Services
May 2, 2016 - Lisa Zaspel has joined the Lifeworks executive team after spending more than eight years at Fraser. In her new role, Zaspel has primary responsibility for all of the Lifeworks fiscal support programs, including Consumer Directed Community Supports, Consumer Support Grant, PCA Choice, and Personal Support.
Kris Cramer Named Annual Giving Acquisition Strategist at Animal Human Society
April 27, 2016 - Animal Humane Society (AHS) recently welcomed Kris Cramer as its new Annual Giving Acquisition Strategist. Kris comes to AHS from Minnesota Public Radio|American Public Media where she was the Digital Fundraising Manager.
Kim Witczak Named Emeritus Board Member at Free Arts Minnesota
April 19, 2016 - Free Arts Minnesota named Kim Witczak as its first Emeritus board member. As a Junior League of Minneapolis member, Witczak was a co-founder of the Free Arts Minnesota project, which eventually led to the organization becoming its own free-standing nonprofit.
Elizabeth Coco Named Permanent VISTA Program Manager at the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation
April 5, 2016 - The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota has hired Elizabeth Coco as the Foundation’s permanent VISTA Program Manager. Ms. Coco – who generally goes by “Coco” – was hired in November 2015 as the Interim VISTA Program Manager to complete the Foundation’s 3-year federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. In January, the Foundation received a second 3-year federal grant for its VISTA program necessitating the hire of a permanent person.
Tech Dump Elects Three New Members to its Board
March 31, 2016 - Tech Dump, the nonprofit electronics recycler, has elected three new members to its board of directors: Jay Singleton, Vice President of Enterprise Architecture at SUPERVALU, Inc.; Sean Keating, Founder and CEO of Oggi Professional Services; and Christopher K. Larus, Chair of the Minneapolis IP and Technology Litigation Group at Robins Kaplan LLP.
Jason Viana Named Executive Director at The Open Door
March 30, 2016 - The Open Door welcomed Jason Viana as the organization’s new executive director. Jason holds a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University. He is an accomplished leader with vast experience in volunteer management, and financial development, most recently with the American Red Cross.
Northwest Minnesota Foundation Selects Karen White as Vice President for Programs
March 29, 2016 - The Northwest Minnesota Foundation hired Karen White as vice president for programs. White will have oversight of all programmatic functions within the foundation, including the Grants Program, Entrepreneur Development Program, Business Finance Program, Small Business Development Center, IDEA Competition, the STAR (youth leadership) Program, Nonprofit Training Programs, and the Early Childhood Initiative.
Minnesota International Center Is Now Global Minnesota
March 15, 2016 - The Minnesota International Center has changed its name to Global Minnesota – a new identity that better reflects the organization’s expanding role in our state and world today, and will ensure the organization remains relevant and responsive for future generations.
Urban Roots Hires Lori Woodward-Arnold as Executive Director
February 26, 2016 - Urban Roots, a Saint Paul organization with a mission to build vibrant, healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development has named Lori Woodward-Arnold as their new executive director. Woodward-Arnold joins executive director of programming Patsy Noble to complete Urban Roots newly formed Executive Leadership Team.
Lifeworks Services' Judy Lynse Announces Retirement at Year End
February 24, 2016 - Judy M. Lysne announced her plan to retire as president and CEO of Lifeworks Services at the conclusion of 2016. In her 43 years with Lifeworks, Lysne played a key role in developing the disability services nonprofit into a $65 million organization serving 2,500 individuals and their families.
Karen Organization of Minnesota Names New Co-Executive Directors
February 23, 2016 - Eh Tah Khu and Alexis Walstad have been appointed co-executive directors of the Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM). Eh Tah Khu has five years of experience at KOM, most recently as a program manager. Alexis has been KOM’s development director for four years and served as interim executive director.
Jacey Cassem Named Director of Human Resources for Animal Humane Society
February 23, 2016 - Animal Humane Society welcomed Jacey Cassem as director of human resources. Jacey comes to AHS from Twin City Fan Companies, Ltd. where she served as the vice president of human resources.
Otto Bremer Trust Hires Christine Fuglestad as Director of Communications and External Relations
February 22, 2016 - The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) has welcomed Christine Fuglestad as its new director of communications and external relations. This newly created role will focus on advancing OBT’s mission of helping to build healthy, vibrant communities—by increasing awareness of the powerful work that is being done throughout Bremer communities in the Upper Midwest.
Zeeda Magnuson Named Interim Executive Director of HandsOn Twin Cities
February 22, 2016 - The board of directors of HandsOn Twin Cities has appointed Zeeda Magnuson, associate director of HandsOn Twin Cities, as the organization's interim executive director. Zeeda will serve as a replacement for Kristin Schurrer, who has joined the Women’s Club of Minneapolis as its new executive director.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Announces Two New Board Officers
February 19, 2016 - The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota announces Tim Gallagher as Board President and Brandon Megal as Board Vice President, effective February 1, 2016. Serving on the board for a number of years, Tim and Brandon’s leadership goals will be to continue the Foundation’s growth in the community to support people affected by seizures.
Kim Kang Named Executive Director of Autism Works
February 8, 2016 - Autism Works, a nonprofit that provides customized employment services for people with autism in the Twin Cities area, has announced that Kim Kang has been named Executive Director. Her primary role will be to partner with the business community while growing revenue opportunities.
Estelle Brouwer Named Vice President for Strategy and Organizational Development at The Initiative Foundation
February 5, 2016 - The Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation with a focus on economic and community development in the 14 counties of Central Minnesota, has announced that Estelle Brouwer has been named vice president for strategy and organizational development. Estelle's primary role will be to lead strategic planning and evaluation efforts while guiding nonprofit programs, grant-writing and communications efforts.
InFaith Community Foundation Hires Kim Borton as Vice President of Grants and Donor Services
February 4, 2016 - Kim Borton will be joining the InFaith Community Foundation as vice president of grants and donor services, beginning Feb. 15. In this new leadership role, she will lead InFaith’s annual grantmaking of $16M+, donor relations team and organizational fund relationships.
Carrie Tripp Hired as Vice President for External Relations at The Initiative Foundation
February 3, 2016 - The Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation with a focus on economic and community development in the 14 counties of Central Minnesota, has named Carrie Tripp as its new vice president for external relations. Carrie's primary role will be to direct the Foundation's fundraising and donor relations initiatives, linking community leaders to programs and services.
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Announces Two Staff Promotions
February 1, 2016 - The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota announced the promotion of two staff members to its executive team. Saanii Hernandez has been named vice president and Mary Beth Hanson has been named vice president of external relations.
Patty Lammers Named New Executive Director of St. Paul Youth Services
January 29, 2016 - St. Paul Youth Services (SPYS) has hired Patty Lammers as its new director of finance and operations. In her new role, Patty who will oversee financial leadership of the agency. In other news, SPYS also added various staff to its programs and administrative team, and is launching a paid internship program geared towards students interested in youth intervention.
MINNCOR Industries Names David Milton New Chief Executive Officer
January 29, 2016 - David O. Milton has been hired as the new CEO of MINNCOR Industries, the state’s correctional industry program that provides premium manufactured goods and services to government entities, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private sector companies. Milton, a certified public accountant, comes to MINNCOR from MACC CommonWealth, where he served as vice president of financial services.
Sydney R. Yates Award Presented to Sheila Smith of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
January 26, 2016 - Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts received the Sydney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy from the National Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York City. The award honors an advocacy effort that has had a significant impact on the performing arts. Previous winners have included Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy.
Academy of Whole Learning Receives MNSAA Accreditation
January 19, 2016 - Academy of Whole Learning has earned accreditation from the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) for an eligibility period of 2015 to 2022. The nonprofit, private school in St. Louis Park has chosen participate in MNSAA’s quality assurance methods, which are aimed at maximizing school performance.
Opportunity Partners Welcomes Bill Schultz as Executive Vice President of Business Development and Operations
January 13, 2016 - Twin Cities-based Opportunity Partners welcomes Bill Schultz as new executive vice president of business development and operations. With an MBA from Emory University, he has extensive experience in product management, strategic partnerships and strategic planning.
Canvas Health Names Thomas J. Ruter as New Chief Operating Officer
January 13, 2016 - Thomas Ruter was recently named COO of Canvas Health. In the COO role, Tom will provide executive leadership in operation, service development and organizational management. Twin Cities-based Canvas Health is a nonprofit mental health agency dedicated to bringing hope, healing and recovery to people’s lives.
Ecumen Names Sarah Hernandez as its Director of Development
January 8, 2016 - Sarah Hernandez has been named as the new director of development at Ecumen. Sarah spent two years at the Rotary Foundation in Evanston, IL, followed by ten years at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. She has been with Ecumen for the past four years as a project director in the philanthropy department.
Wingspan Life Resources Promotes Therese Davis to Executive Director
January 7, 2016 - Therese Davis has been named the new executive director of Wingspan Life Resources. During her 39-year career with Wingspan, Therese has been an integral part of the organization's growth and programming expansion in service to adults with developmental and other disabilities—including oversight of 24-group-homes, an In-Home Program, and an employment program.