Chris Oien

Chris Oien
Communications and Research Specialist

About Chris: Chris is a big fan of solving puzzles, whether those are on the job or for fun. Outside of work, he's a big fan of escape rooms and board games. Also, let it be known that Chris owns a tuxedo cat named Pandora (or is it the other way around?).

Resume Snippets: Prior to joining the MCF team, Chris worked for five years at the Lake Street Council, building its online communications strategy and vehicles from the ground up. He also spent a year of service at the St. Paul Mayor's Office through AmeriCorps VISTA. Chris spent several years as part of the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities, and remains on the lookout for better ways to better connect young professionals to the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

Contact Chris for:

  • News and updates about your foundation, to share in MCF Notes, Giving Memo, and our website
  • Questions on obtaining information and data on MCF members - think of him as MCF's "reference librarian."
  • Assistance with website issues, such as logging in, registering for an event or updating your profile

He can be reached by email at or by phone at 612.455.6212.