Foundation Announces New Leadership Amidst Growth

Changes support investments in community-led solutions


The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation today announced the creation of four new leadership roles due to significant growth in community services, donor activity and community leadership in 2018.

“I am thrilled to announce that we have created new roles to continue providing cutting-edge programs, services and resources for donors and communities across Minnesota and the East Metro,” said Dr. Eric J. Jolly, president and CEO of the Foundation. “How we focus ourselves internally should reflect our mission and vision for the future, and these new roles make a strong statement about our goal to make Minnesota better for all who call it home.”

Ann Mulholland, currently vice president of Community Impact, will become the new executive vice president (EVP) of the Foundation. In her new role, Mulholland will work closely with Dr. Jolly on day-to-day management of the Foundation, and will head up the Community Impact and Marketing & Communication teams.

“I am honored to contribute to the work we do at the Foundation,” said Mulholland. “While we have much to be proud of, we also have work ahead to realize the sorts of equitable communities that we imagine for everyone. I'm grateful for this opportunity to broaden my purview as I work with my colleagues and our partners to grow the Foundation impact in the communities that we serve.”

Christine Searson will become the Foundation’s chief financial officer (CFO), expanding from her previous role as vice president of Finance. She will continue to lead the Foundation's budget, finances and audit as well as provide leadership for the SPMF Audit and Finance Committee. Searson will also lead the search for the Foundation’s chief investment officer, who will report to her.

“As financial stewards of the community assets entrusted to us, the finance and investment functions must be closely aligned in support of our organizational goals. I am excited to lead the exceptional work of both the Finance and Investment teams toward operational excellence, strong fiscal stewardship, and competitive investment strategies that support the goals of the Foundation, our partners and charitable beneficiaries.”

Jeremy Wells will become senior vice president of Philanthropic Services, expanding from his vice president role. Wells will continue to provide leadership for the Philanthropic Services team and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Development Committee, and in 2019 he will take a leadership role for the Foundation's Governance Committee.

“A strong board of directors is the cornerstone of any nonprofit organization,” said Wells. “As the Foundation evolves to meet the opportunities and challenges of the future, I’m especially looking forward to working with our board to help shape the governance body we’ll need in the coming years.”

And finally, Nadege Souvenir will become vice president of Operations & Learning, a new position from her former role as associate vice president of Community Impact. In this role, Souvenir will oversee the Foundation's learning and evaluation efforts, such as East Metro Pulse, as well as internal operational departments – grants administration, Human Resources and IT.

“I’m pleased that the Foundation is deeply committed to investing in learning as a way to guide and improve our work,” said Souvenir. “I look forward to partnering with our operations and learning team to identify and implement the processes and tools that support our people, power our business and drive our learning.”

These changes come on the heels of a successful 2018 and a new iteration of the organization’s brand, reflecting the Foundation's clear focus and direction as it continues to operate as Minnesota’s largest community foundation, managing 2,000 charitable funds and managing nearly $1.5 billion in assets.

More Stories

Facing Race Award Winners
2019 Facing Race Award Honorees Named

Tuleah Palmer and the Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas are recognized as the 2019 Facing Race Award recipients.

Learn more
Seen Project criminal justice
Grants Support Innovative Criminal Justice Programs

Grantees are the Re-entry Clinic at the Mitchell Hamline Law School and SEEN, a project of We Are All Criminals.

Learn more
Facing Race Awards Keynote speaker
Ruth Buffalo to Keynote 2019 Facing Race Awards Program

The Foundation announced that North Dakota Rep. Ruth Buffalo will be the keynote speaker at its 2019 Facing Race Awards program.

Learn more
Kedar Hickman
Foundation Welcomes Program Officer Kedar Hickman

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation announced that Kedar Hickman has joined the organization as its newest program officer.

Learn more
Saint Paul Urban Tennis Grantee
Foundation Grants $8.2 Million to Minnesota Nonprofits

Grants include funding community-informed and -led solutions for programs and services.

Learn more
Mai-Anh Kapanke
Foundation Welcomes Mai-Anh Kapanke

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation announced that Mai-Anh Kapanke has joined the organization as associate vice president of Philanthropic Services.

Learn more
Shannon O Leary
Foundation Welcomes Chief Investment Officer Shannon O’Leary

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation announced that the Saint Paul native has joined the organization as CIO.

Learn more
Community Initiatives
Announcing a $1 Billion Giving Milestone

Minnesota’s largest community foundation celebrates an historic milestone.

Learn more

COMMUNITY IS OUR COMPASS

JOIN
US!