Mai-Anh Kapanke

Mai-Anh Kapanke

Associate Vice President of Philanthropic Services

I am humbled and excited to join a foundation that is deeply invested in shining a light on a stage that provides individuals and communities with opportunities to do their best, be their best, and show up for others. As an immigrant from Vietnam, I am proof that when we see value in all people and invest in their well-being, they can do great things. I look forward to paying it forward.

Mai-Anh Kapanke joins the Philanthropic Services team with more than 24 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, donor relations and communications. During her tenure as the former executive director of The Sanneh Foundation, a charitable foundation serving youth and families on Saint Paul’s East Side and around the state, Mai-Anh experienced the generosity of the donors who partner with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations.

Prior to The Sanneh Foundation, Mai-Anh served in leadership roles, including as executive director, with MENTOR Minnesota for 13 years. MENTOR Minnesota serves a network of 200 youth mentoring programs around the state. Serving as a statewide and national leader in the fields of mentoring and youth development, Mai-Anh is highly regarded for her leadership, innovation and collaborative spirit. She was instrumental in the development and launch of a statewide online quality mentoring assessment tool for mentoring programs, which through the expertise of her and her team, replicated Minnesota’s assessment tool to serve as the national model for program quality. Mai-Anh provides executive leadership and management on fundraising campaigns, statewide and national marketing initiatives, and served as a lobbyist for positive youth development funding priorities.

Mai-Anh graduated from Michigan State University with a journalism degree and minor in English. She is a former Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota and completed the University of St. Thomas Institute for Executive Director Leadership program. Mai-Anh is a former TV journalist and anchored news and weather in several Midwest markets. She and her husband, Nick, reside in Rosemount and have two daughters who play traveling soccer with the Eagan Wave Soccer Club (EWSC). Kapanke served as the sponsorship director for the EWSC, contributing to growth of their sponsorship budget from $1,000 to $25,000 annually.