New President Announcement


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The MCF board of directors are pleased to announce that Susie Brown will be the new President at MCF. Board Chair of MCF, Kim Borton said, "Her passion for serving members and her outstanding experience as a leader in Minnesota’s independent sector are the right combination to lead Minnesota philanthropy and our collective advancement of prosperity and equity across Minnesota."

When the executive search process for President began late last year, input from members, board, and staff was gathered. What the board heard was a wish for a leader with a passion for serving members in the philanthropic sector and a welcoming, inclusive style.  This person would be highly collaborative and would value each individual’s unique strengths. Susie is the perfect choice.

We know Susie appreciates Minnesota Council on Foundations’ important role both locally and nationally. She is excited about the possibility of working to grow the organization’s connection with its members and to enhance the high-quality services it provides. Her plan is to get off to a quick start to connect and learn from staff, members, board, staff, and community stakeholders about how we move MCF into its 50th year! 

Susie comes to MCF having most recently served as the Chief Operations Officer at the newly merged Minnesota, Hennepin County and Ramsey Bar Associations and Foundations. Prior to the merger, she was the Executive Director at the Hennepin County Bar Association and Foundation.

Susie is not a stranger to MCF, having served on our Public Policy Committee during the years she was Public Policy Director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.  Prior to joining MCN, she was Executive Director at Child Care Works. Susie is a lifelong learner who teaches nonprofit leadership and governance at Hamline University and participates in a variety of nonprofit organizations and boards. Susie will begin her work at MCF April 22.

Please join us in welcoming Susie to the MCF team!

Susie Brown's Bio:

Susie Brown is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the newly merged Minnesota State Bar, Hennepin County Bar and Ramsey County Bar Associations and Foundations where she oversees a staff of 44 and all membership programs for the organizations. 

She joined the Hennepin County Bar Association and Foundation as Executive Director in 2016.

Ms. Brown has spent her career in the nonprofit sector, beginning at Planned Parenthood of Connecticut and Planned Parenthood of New England, where she served as Public Affairs Director. After relocating to the Twin Cities, Ms. Brown acted as Public Policy Director at The Family Partnership before becoming Executive Director for Child Care Works, an organization dedicated to improving Minnesota’s child care system. She then held the role of Public Policy Director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits from 2010 to 2016.  During that time, Ms. Brown served on the MCF Public Policy Committee and the Minnesota Office of Grant Management.

An active community member, Ms. Brown now serves on the Community Advisory Council of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and on the boards of MACC: Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities and GrantAdvisor.  She also has participated actively on various committees of the National Association of Bar Executives and the Conference of Metropolitan Bar Associations.

Ms. Brown holds a BA degree in international affairs from Lewis and Clark College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont where she earned the Frank Smallwood Student award.  She was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey Institute in 2006. 

Ms. Brown is an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University where she teaches courses in nonprofit management and governance.