Carlson Family Foundation Names Green-Rupert as New Program Director

Friday, September 25, 2020
The Carlson Family Foundation announced today it has named Aretha Green-Rupert as its new program director. Her appointment was effective Sept. 21, 2020.

In this new role, Green-Rupert will be responsible for directing strategic grantmaking that supports the Carlson Family Foundation's mission of working together with the community to create opportunity, hope and a sense of belonging for every young person. An emerging focus area for the Foundation will center on the importance of fostering supportive youth-adult relationships that help to ensure all young people have the opportunity to realize their dreams.

"We are delighted to have Aretha join our team in this significant new role," said David Nelson, executive director, Carlson Family Foundation. "Her extensive background in youth development will be instrumental as we refine our focus on the supportive relationships that shape young people's lives, be they youth leaders or mentors or educators. We are confident Aretha will make a significant contribution to the Foundation and our partners in the community."

Green-Rupert joins the Foundation after an 11-year career with Otto Bremer Trust, where she served most recently as regional director, overseeing the organization's grantmaking, evaluation and philanthropic investments in the seven-county metro area. Prior to that, she served as Otto Bremer Trust's program officer, managing a grantmaking portfolio that covered a variety of issues, including workforce development and out-of-school time. Green-Rupert's early career included tenures at Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, YWCA St. Paul, AchieveMpls and Greater Twin Cities United Way.

"My nonprofit journey started with a focus on out-of-school time, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with this amazing foundation committed to supporting and uplifting every young person," said Green-Rupert.

Green-Rupert holds a Master of Science degree in horticulture from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. She is currently the vice chair of the board of directors and co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee at the Minnesota Council on Foundations. She also serves on the Community Impact Committee at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation.

About Carlson Family Foundation
The Carlson Family Foundation is a Minnesota-based philanthropic foundation with a vision of uplifting youth through leadership at the intersection of love and insight. Established in 1959 by Curt and Arleen Carlson, the Foundation's mission is to work together with the community to create opportunity, hope and a sense of belonging for every young person. Now involving three generations of the Carlson family, the Foundation partners with organizations that support young people through education and mentoring, and has worked closely with local, national and international partners to eradicate sex trafficking of young people. Learn more at
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