Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Welcomes Monica Bruning as Chief Operating Officer

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation announced that Monica Bruning has joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer. 
 
In this new role, Bruning will be responsible for operational aspects of the Community Foundation, including oversight of key internal functions, finance, compliance, technology, adherence to industry standards and achievement of best practices. 
 
“I am pleased to join such a respected and established organization doing so much good in our region,” Bruning said. “The Community Foundation is poised for significant growth, which will result in greater impact on the Northland and in the lives of everyone who calls this place home. I’m excited to be part of those efforts.” 
 
She added: “This position brings together the roles and responsibilities I have had throughout my career, and certainly those that have been most important and even passions of mine, such as working with underserved populations, ensuring equity and helping people become the best they can be. What I have done in higher education and the academic arena I now will be able to do on a community-wide and regional basis.” 
 
Bruning comes to the Community Foundation with more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration including philanthropy, program development, information technology development and integration, accreditation, research and teaching. Her career includes work at the University of Minnesota’s Duluth and Twin Cities campuses, Iowa State University, Des Moines Community College, Capella University and the Duluth Public Schools. 
 
She holds a doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership and policy from Iowa State, a master of public administration degree from the University of Denver and a bachelor of science degree in home economics, health, physical education and recreation from North Dakota State University. 
 
“Monica brings extensive skills in organizational leadership and development to the Community Foundation. We’re fortunate to have her join our team and bring her talents here,” said Community Foundation President Holly C. Sampson. “Already, she is helping our organization move forward in positive ways.” 
 
Bruning lives in Duluth with her husband, Jim. They have two adult children, Mattie and Ethan, both of whom live in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. Outside of work she participates in community volunteering as well as activities including biking, hiking, skiing and yoga. 
 
 
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation encourages private giving for the public good. The foundation is a permanent community endowment, built by gifts from hundreds of individuals and organizations. Guided by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and to individuals for scholarships while providing leadership on important community initiatives in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1983, the foundation has distributed more than $53 million and has established more than 400 funds, each with its own charitable purpose. For more information, please visit dsacommunityfoundation.com.

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