Harris Named to Philanthropy's First 40 Under 40 List

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Today Trista Harris, president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), was named to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s first-ever 40 Under 40 list. Harris is known nationally as a philanthropic futurist and a passionate advocate for new leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
The Chronicle’s list shines a spotlight on Harris and other extraordinary young nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, foundation officials, donors and social entrepreneurs from across the country. All are crafting innovative solutions for tough problems, building the strength of the nonprofit world and driving change in their communities and around the world. The 40 on the list were selected from a pool of more than 400 nominees.
“Trista is a dynamic, entrepreneurial and inclusive leader, and we are thrilled to have her recognized for the hard work she has done to represent and move philanthropy forward in Minnesota and beyond,” says Brad Kruse, MCF board chair and philanthropy director of the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation.
Since joining MCF in mid-2013, Harris has led some exciting accomplishments. In 2013, working with the Bush Foundation, MCF launched the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship, which prepares individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. Almost 20 fellowships have been awarded since then. In addition, MCF spent 62 percent of its 2014 budget for outside services with companies owned by minorities and women – far surpassing its goal of 20 percent.
Besides her work at MCF, Harris is a 2015 Bush Fellow focused on how to use the tools of futurism to solve social problems. She serves on the board of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), on the Humphrey School of Public Affairs advisory committee, and she is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.
A native Minnesotan, Trista received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Howard University and her master’s in public policy, with a focus on philanthropy and nonprofit effectiveness, from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) works actively to expand and strengthen a vibrant community of diverse grantmakers who individually and collectively advance the common good. MCF members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding more than $1 billion annually. Members include private family and independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs. For more information, visit www.mcf.org.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is an independent news organization that has been serving leaders, fundraisers, grantmakers and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise for more than 25 years. For more on their inaugural 40 Under 40 list, visit www.philanthropy.com.