I am happy to announce that MinnPost’s first development director will be Claire Radomski, a Minnesota native who since 2011 has worked in membership and fundraising for WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis, most recently as the television and radio broadcaster’s director of membership.
As development director, Claire will report to me and oversee MinnPost’s individual and institutional giving efforts, working closely with MinnPost members, major individual donors, and foundations. Taken together, these areas provide more than 70 percent of MinnPost’s annual revenue. Her first day at MinnPost will be Jan. 4.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the MinnPost team to grow local, nonpartisan journalism in my home state of Minnesota,” she said.
For our part, we are equally excited to welcome Claire to our team. She emerged from a very competitive applicant pool on the basis of her personal warmth, professional experience, and passion for public service journalism.
Claire grew up in Brainerd, where she still has family, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After graduating in 2009, she was an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Horton’s Kids, Inc., a nonprofit that provides tutoring and mentoring services to children in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood. At the conclusion of her VISTA year, Claire became the group’s communications and events coordinator, holding that post until she moved to WFYI.
“Outside of journalism, I care deeply about education and equal opportunity for all children,” she said. “I’ve volunteered as a tutor for several years at a local Indianapolis nonprofit and look forward to continuing that work at home in Minneapolis.”