Jen Alstad and Lars Leafblad both made Minnesota Business magazine’s list of “The (Real) Power 50” in May 2013. Alstad, a member of the Foundation’s Board, is the CEO and founder of bswing, a Minneapolis-based research and design firm. Leafblad is the Foundation’s leadership and engagement director.
Several staff members began new responsibilities in 2013: Stephanie Andrews became the leadership development director, Mandy Ellerton became manager of the Bush Prize, Brian Fier joined the Communications Team as an associate, Molly Matheson-Gruen became manager of the Community Innovation Grants and Rachel Orville transitioned from consultant to associate on the Community Innovation Team.
Allison Barmann, vice president of strategy and learning, was named to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” just weeks after joining the Foundation in March 2013. In March 2014, she was also named a Cross Sector Leadership Fellow by Presidio Institute (bfdn.org/xSector).
The Foundation welcomed DeAnna Cummings to its Board of Directors in February 2014. Read more about this amazing 2007 Bush Fellow who leads the Bush Prize-winning Juxtaposition Arts.
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network named John Fetzer, associate on the Native Nations Team, to its inaugural cohort of Leadership Institute Fellows. The experience is aimed at encouraging exploration of participants’ big career questions while doing some serious skill swapping and network weaving across the local foundation and nonprofit worlds.
Eric Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota and a Foundation Board member, just began a four-year appointment by President Obama to the National Museum and Library Services Board. The voluntary board advises the director of the Institute for Museum and Library Services on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Medals for Museum and Library Service.
Foundation Board member Robert J. Jones was installed as the 19th president of the University at Albany-SUNY in September 2013. He had served as senior vice president for academic administration in the University of Minnesota System since 2004.
Catherine Jordan left the Foundation in March 2013 to assist a new experiential-based charter school, Upper Mississippi Academy, with the creation of fundraising plans. She is currently consulting with Circus Juventas, the largest youth performing art circus school in North America, to expand its facility and endowment. Jordan is also organizing a coalition to launch an annual Climate Walk to raise community awareness, build political will and generate financial contributions to improve climate justice and reduce the impacts of climate change.
Jane Leonard left the Foundation in March 2013 to start her own community and rural development consultancy, do grant review for the Otto Bremer Foundation and teach at Metropolitan State University. She continues to work on community change and leadership network development with colleagues around the country; check out her adventures at JaneLeonard.net.
Rebecca Martin left her work with the Education Team in November 2013 to move to Wisconsin. She’s now working as operations manager for Nature’s Pathways magazine where she “continues to be passionate about bringing individuals in the community together to share knowledge and resources, and to become empowered to create the lives they dream about.”
The Bush Foundation and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners co-located in 2013 to share expenses and space—now we’re also sharing an employee: Beth Norris, the Foundation’s part-time receptionist and office assistant, took a position with GiveMN, the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners affiliate behind Give to the Max Day.
D. Donald Peddie, the first director of the Bush Leadership Fellows Program from 1966 to 1989, passed away in March 2013. A long-time human resources executive at the Star Tribune, Peddie was instrumental in helping drive many Bush Fellows to his alma mater of Harvard University and recruiting potential students across the Midwest.
In April, Jaime A. Pinkham testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of Rep. Betty McCollum on the work that he leads for the Foundation as vice president for Native nations.
Alice Sanborn retired from the Foundation in June 2013 after serving as assistant director of the Bush Medical Fellows Program since 1999, assisting with the application, selection and mentoring of more than 100 Bush Medical Fellows.
Alfonso Wenker joined the Minnesota Council on Foundations in January 2014 as the director of diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2013, Wenker served as “founding fellow” of the philanthropy fellowship program the Bush Foundation began in partnership with MCF. In his new role, Wenker will also help to expand the resulting MCF Philanthropy Fellowship to other foundations.
Ann Yelich, the Foundation’s long-time human resources consultant, moved her business to Nashville, Tennessee, in March 2014. She led the search process for more than half of the Foundation’s current staff.