Michael Neusser Named Vice President For Operations At Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) has named Michael Neusser as the foundation’s Vice President for Operations.

Neusser holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master’s degree in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He grew up in Wisconsin and is an enrolled member of the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. From 1993-2000 he was employed through the tribe as a general manager for satellite casinos. His career then transitioned into various sales and marketing roles in the private sector. He also worked simultaneously as a consultant for a number of businesses.

After years of working in a corporate setting, Neusser wanted to get back into tribal relations work in the public sector. A friend encouraged him to look into Bemidji, Minnesota, as it was uniquely positioned around three different tribes that may have a career opportunity that he was looking for. He ended up finding a position with the White Earth Nation as an Economic Development and Marketing Manager. He continued working for the White Earth Nation for seven years in various roles, most recently as the Economic Development Director.

Neusser’s role at NMF is a new position, and his primary responsibilities will be to ensure organizational operations are aligned with the mission and vision of the foundation. Additionally, he will play a key role in facilitating collaborative efforts among staff and with external partners.

“The key word in my title is ‘for’, and to me it’s an important distinction from the word ‘of’,” said Neusser. “I work for the NMF staff, board, partners and constituents. I feel fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to work for this team.”

Karen White, NMF president and CEO, said, “We are very excited for Michael to join our leadership team here at the Foundation. His broad set of experiences across many sectors will strengthen our work and programs at the Foundation.”

Neusser currently resides in Detroit Lakes with his wife Tracy and their three children Lucas, Olivia and Mikah. His two older children, Nicholas, and Chloe, are attending college and reside in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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