Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies Names New Program Director

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Judi Petkau has been promoted to Program Director, Teachers. In this position, Judi will lead development of grantmaking portfolios in support of recruitment, training, and retention efforts of teachers, as well as managing the Teachers domain team at MACP.

Judi joined MACP in April 2012 as a program officer in the Arts Education program within the organization’s Arts & Cultures domain. In her time at MACP, Judi developed a strategic portfolio of grantee and community partners to advance the goals of the Teacher Development Arts program, which has focused on the recruitment, development, and retention of teachers through a lens of “in and through the arts.” She was also instrumental in early development of the Teachers domain, guided by our donor’s deep respect for the teaching profession.

Prior to joining MACP, Judi spent more than 20 years with education and arts nonprofits. She served as a Museum Educator at the Weisman Art Museum and instructor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. She taught in K-12 art and language classrooms and community settings, along with administering educational programming and resources. In 2010, Judi was awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in support of her dissertation on literacies, and she is a Teacher Consultant with the Minnesota Writing Project.

“Judi has such depth of experience in education, along with a deep commitment to educational equity,” commented Elizabeth Sullivan, Managing Program Director at MACP. “Having a seasoned leader like Judi as Program Director will provide important support for the ongoing development of our Teachers domain.”

Judi has a bachelor’s degree in art history and anthropology from Kent State University, K-12 teacher certification in art education, and a master’s degree in visual studies from the University of Texas-Austin, along with a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction with a minor in rhetorical studies from the University of Minnesota.

About Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is the umbrella over the grantmaking foundations funded by the late Margaret Cargill: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. In keeping with Ms. Cargill’s direction, MACP provides meaningful support through long-term relationships with strategic grantee partners to make a measurable and sustainable difference on priority problems in seven domains: Animal Welfare, Arts & Cultures, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Environment, Legacy & Opportunity, Quality of Life, and Teachers. The collective assets of MACP place it among the 10 largest philanthropies in the United States.

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