Chris Oien

As communications and media specialist, Chris keeps MCF's many online communications channels buzzing. His work makes it possible for you to follow grantmaker news on and keep up with trends on the Philanthropy Potluck blog. And, he delivers it all to your digital doorstep daily through social media and biweekly through the MCF Notes and Giving Memo e-newsletters.

Chris started at MCF in 2011. Prior to that, he 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 serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities, where he helps young people in the sector connect and become stronger leaders. When he's not working, you'll likely find him cracking open a good science fiction book or mastering the latest card, video or board game.

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