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 Tran 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 Foundation. 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, as well as statewide and national marketing initiatives, and has served as a lobbyist for positive youth development funding priorities.
Mai-Anh’s board service includes board co-chair of the social and racial justice nonprofit All Square, board member of Raise the Barr, which provides financial assistance to single parents to finish college and provide economic mobility through a 2Gen strategy, and she serves on the board of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and is chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. 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. She received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification through Boston University. Mai-Anh is a former lobbyist and TV journalist and anchored news and weather in several Midwest markets.