The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation names Roger Reinert VP

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation today announced that it has named Roger Reinert Vice President, a new position leading day-to-day operations as well as key strategic initiatives.
“Roger has a long and deep connection with our community and with the Community Foundation,” said President Holly C. Sampson. “We couldn’t be more pleased than to bring to our organization a leader with such extensive knowledge, relationships and skills.”
Reinert, 46, most recently served six years in the Minnesota Senate representing District 7, which covers nearly all of Duluth. In that role, he was a spokesman for Northeast Minnesota on important legislative issues, from funding to public policy.
Before that, he served two years in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 7B, which covers west Duluth.
Reinert began his public service career in 2004 when he became an at-large member of the Duluth City Council. He served as Council President in 2006 and 2008. Reinert is also a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and is completing studies to earn his law degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul. He has worked as an instructor at Lake Superior College teaching government and civics. He and his wife, Layla, live in Duluth’s Observation Hill neighborhood.
“I am honored to join the Community Foundation and support the important work of bringing people together and making our region better,” Reinert said. “We are fortunate to have such a strong organization serving our region with funding for life-changing projects, scholarships to support higher education and thought leadership for how we can preserve and enhance this place we call home. I look forward to making this special organization even stronger and more impactful.”
Sampson noted that Reinert was one of the early supporters who helped the Community Foundation bring the region Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project. The project, now in its 14th year, has helped communities in the Northland and nationwide adapt to change and find new solutions by ensuring a civil environment that brings people of different backgrounds and their ideas together to solve problems and seize opportunities.
As a legislator, Reinert brought Speak Your Peace to St. Paul, founding the Purple Caucus to help foster dialogue and bridge gaps between “red” members of the Republican Party and “blue” members of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party.
Reinert also has worked with the Community Foundation on efforts to attract and retain young adults in the Twin Ports as well as the Endow Minnesota initiative in the Legislature to provide incentives to private donors who give back to their communities.
In his new role, which begins immediately, Reinert will serve as the Community Foundation’s No. 2 official, with responsibilities for financial and operational functions of the organization as well as roles on key projects and initiatives.
The Community Foundation recently awarded $1.5 million to 10 local nonprofits and agencies for initial work to narrow the Opportunity Gap in the Twin Ports by increasing opportunities for children experiencing poverty. It also is playing a major role locally to strengthen the Northland and other regions across the state so they are better prepared to respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters.
“We have so many exciting initiatives—and lots of work ahead,” Sampson said. “This is an important time for the Community Foundation and for our region. We look forward to Roger’s leadership in his new role.”
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