Minnesota Council on Foundations names board members; Brad Kruse continues as chair

The Minnesota Council on Foundations has named its 2016 officers and new board directors.

MCF represents most of the major grantmakers in the state, including private family and independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs. Collectively they award more than $1 billion a year.

Three of the top officers are the same as last year:

  • Board Chair Brad Kruse, philanthropy director, Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
  • Vice Chair June Noronha, senior manager, Native Nations team, Bush Foundation
  • Secretary JoAnn Birkholz, foundation director, Medica Foundation

The new treasurer is:

  • Daniel Lemm, accountant, The McKnight Foundation

Also, new directors elected to three-year terms ending in 2018:

  • Katherine E. Friesz, senior program officer, Carlson Family Foundation
  • Repa Mekha, president and CEO, Nexus Community Partners
  • Kate Seng, vice president and education program director, Arbor Philanthropy
  • Erik Torch, director of grantmaking, Northland Foundation

And directors elected to second three-year terms ending in 2018 are:

  • Kathy Annette, president and CEO, Blandin Foundation;
  • JoAnn Birkholz
  • June Noronha

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