Nonoko Sato was appointed as Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ second executive director in August 2021, following MCN’s founder Jon Pratt. Prior to this role, she served as MCN’s associate director.
In partnership with MCN’s board, staff, and key stakeholders, Nonoko charts MCN’s strategic response to organizational and sector challenges. She is a relentless champion for racial equity and justice, and excited for MCN to model new approaches across the organization’s values, operations, programs, policy agendas, and partnerships. She values making authentic and deep relationships with people, and is excited to mobilize the nonprofit sector to take on its next set of political and economic challenges and help nonprofits accomplish their missions to create a healthy, cooperative, and just society.
She currently serves on the boards of Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Theater Mu, and BenefitsMN. Prior to joining MCN, Nonoko served for nine years as executive director of SMART, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that champions education equity by supporting students in overcoming systemic barriers on their journey to a college degree. Originally from Tokyo and Chicago, Nonoko graduated from Carleton College. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and is a proud parent of two students in Minneapolis Public Schools.