St. Paul Deputy Mayor Mulholland joins nonprofit world

Ann Mulholland, who’s been deputy mayor in St. Paul for five years, is leaving the city to become vice president of grants and programs for the Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation.

When she starts the new job in December, she’ll be chief strategist and manager for the grant-making and community initiative work for the two foundations, and also will support the F. R. Bigelow Foundation and the Mardag Foundation. She’ll replace John Couchman, who is retiring after 23 years.

Before joining Mayor Chris Coleman’s administration, Mulholland was in marketing with The Nature Conservancy and had run her own marketing and communications business.

She is the second top aide to depart this fall from Coleman’s office: The mayor appointed Chief of Staff Sara Grewing to the city attorney spot last month; city Marketing Director Erin Dady then moved up to the chief of staff job.

Also, Coleman’s communications guru, Bob Hume, is on temporary leave to help campaign for Democrat Chris Coons in the contentious U.S. Senate race in Delaware. Coons is leading in the polls over Republican Christine O’Donnell.

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