Bob Tracy

Bob Tracy
Director of Public Policy and Communications
Community Foundation contact

As director of public policy and communications, Bob coordinates public policy engagement and leads its government relations activities in St. Paul and Washington, D.C. for the Minnesota Council on Foundations. He encourages MCF members to incorporate advocacy and public policy into their grantmaking and to act as resources for other grantmakers. He leads MCF’s efforts to advocate for a positive environment for philanthropy and charitable giving and on advancing policies in Minnesota that encourage prosperity and equity and eliminate disparities.

Bob has experience as a grantmaker, nonprofit manager and public program administrator. Since 1994, he has lobbied at the Minnesota State Capitol for groups including the Minnesota AIDS Project, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Minnesota Legal Services Coalition. He also has experience producing public affairs programming for tpt's Minnesota Channel. Bob graduated from St. Paul's Macalester College with a bachelor's in political science.

Some of you may know Bob from his community and political work in Saint Paul. Bob and his husband reside in St. Paul and occasionally retreat to their second home in Italy for adventures in Tuscan home repair. What you may not know about Bob, but need to know, is that he has attended more than 130 Bruce Springsteen concerts.

As part of his work at MCF, Bob is leading an effort to promote inclusion and equity by strengthening democratic systems and civic engagement and, specifically, through advocacy to get Minnesota ready for the 2020 Census.

He can be reached by email at, by phone at 612.335.3558, or text/cell at 651.329.1794.