Kathy Schmidlkofer has been president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Foundation since March 2014. The Foundation is dedicated to raising and managing private gifts from individuals and organizations to build greatness at the University of Minnesota. Under Schmidlkofer’s leadership, the Foundation has achieved record levels of fundraising as part of Driven, the University’s $4 billion system-wide campaign.
Before joining the Foundation, Schmidlkofer was executive vice president and a founding leader of GREATER MSP, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the economy of the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Prior to that, she held a variety of increasingly responsible finance roles over a 25-year career at General Mills.
Schmidlkofer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later completed her Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Schmidlkofer serves on the boards of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, and is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.